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1. a term used by Raymond B. Cattell, in preference to drive or instinct, to denote a type of innate dynamic trait that directs an individual toward a goal and provides the motivational energy to obtain it. Examples include curiosity, self-assertion, gregariousness, protectiveness, and hunger.

2. in physics, a unit of work or energy.


abbreviation for electroretinogram. See electroretinography.

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February 24th 2024

test interpretation

test interpretation

the clinical, educational, vocational, or other practical inferences given to a particular test result. Such conclusions are typically drawn by an expert in testing or by suitable computer software.