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construct

Psychol a model devised on the basis of observation, designed to relate what is observed to some theoretical framework

construct

any theoretical or heuristic sociological concept. The use of the term ‘construct’ makes apparent the ‘invented’, mentally constructed, heuristic or explanatory purpose of many concepts in sociology. See also IDEAL TYPE.
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otherwise a mild youth, and very persevering), showing no sign of grace as he got older but, on the contrary, constructing a model of a power-loom, she was fain, with many tears, to mention his backslidings to the baronet.
For a week the men were busy constructing the new camp, but never again was Virginia left without a sufficient guard for her protection.
Before he got very far along in the art of the storiette, Martin worked out half a dozen stock forms, which he always consulted when constructing storiettes.
Among other plans Bradley had thought of constructing a covered raft upon which they might drift to the mainland; but as such a contrivance would necessarily be of considerable weight, it must be built in the water of the sea, since they could not hope to move it even a short distance overland.
For the few miles of country road that I persuaded our people to make, another would succeed in constructing a canal or a highway; and for my encouragement of the peasants' trade in hats, a minister would emancipate France from the industrial yoke of the foreigner by encouraging the manufacture of clocks in different places, by helping to bring to perfection our iron and steel, our tools and appliances, or by bringing silk or dyer's woad into cultivation.
It would signify somewhat, if, in any earnest sense, he slanted them and daubed it; but the spirit having departed out of the tenant, it is of a piece with constructing his own coffin -- the architecture of the grave -- and "carpenter" is but another name for "coffin-maker.
Graham down by the brook, with a sketch-book in her hand, absorbed in the exercise of her favourite art, while Arthur was putting on the time with constructing dams and breakwaters in the shallow, stony stream.
We both laughed, and then went seriously to work constructing the plan whereby we were to step the masts of the Ghost and return to the world.
Recognizing these persons as Russians, Kitty had already in her imagination begun constructing a delightful and touching romance about them.
He would have preferred at that moment to be allowed to round off the picture of the future which he was constructing in his mind with a reel or two showing himself brooding in a cell.
At one point, as we ascended a steep hill, athwart whose base a railroad, yet constructing, took its course, we came upon an Irish colony.
70 million for re-constructing of Shadi Kour Dam, Rs 100 million for constructing Toiwar/Batozai Storage Dam , district Qilla Saifullah, Rs 90 million has been released for constructing 26 small dams in Balochistan and Rs 8 million for constructing Delay Action Dams Ground Water recharge of Pishin Quetta Mastung and Mangocher Valleys.

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