Definitions for "Operant"
having influence or producing an effect; "many emotional determinants at work"; "an operant conscience"
a behavior that may be influenced by a reinforcer or reward that follows the behavior
a behavior which is spontaneously emitted, with no stimulus coming from an outside source
a class of responses
an action by an organism (an animal, or child or adult) which results in an outcome
a class of functionally identical or highly similar actions ,where the action "operates" on the environment . The amplitude, geometric form, spatial trajectory, and topography, of the actions in the class can vary, but the function of the actions must remain the same in order to qualify as members of the same operant class. In operating on the environment, either the environment gets changed in some way, or the person's position, location within, or relationship to the environment changes.
In Skinner's system, an instrumental response. See also instrumental conditioning.
Keywords:  argument
Argument of an operator.