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operant

Pronunciation: op'er-ant

Definition: In conditioning, any behavior or specific response chosen by the experimenter; its frequency is intended to increase or decrease by the judicious pairing with it of a reinforcer when it occurs.

Synonym(s): target behavior1, target response

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