construct

  

Definition

Concept or 'useful fiction' (which may or may not refer to an objective reality) employed in summarizing multitudes of facts and in formulating explanatory theories. The terms 'average family' and 'organizational culture,' for example, are constructs that encapsulate (and maybe somewhat distort) the activities and behaviors of a few or millions of people. Also called hypothetical construct, logical construct, or theoretical construct. See also constructed knowledge.

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  • In order to construct a plan, you'll need to know what your goals are, then think of the best ways to accomplish them.

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  • The planning commission voted to tear down the old building and to construct a newer energy efficent replacement in its place as quickly as possible to decrease costs.

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  • I created a logical construct to help guide my students on basing their judgement of the deal I had taught them.

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