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n. the state of having a causal effect on objects and events in the environment; the word is commonly used in the term effectance motivation, coined by Robert W. White in 1959.

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closed-class words

closed-class words

in a language, a category of words that does not readily admit new members, consisting mainly of words that serve key grammatical functions, such as pronouns, prepositions, and determiners (see function word). Compare open-class words.