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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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If we suppose that the ancient progenitor, the archetype as it may be called, of all mammals, had its limbs constructed on the existing general pattern, for whatever purpose they served, we can at once perceive the plain signification of the homologous construction of the limbs throughout the whole class.
Why should the sepals, petals, stamens, and pistils in any individual flower, though fitted for such widely different purposes, be all constructed on the same pattern?
In the second stage, answering to the chrysalis stage of butterflies, they have six pairs of beautifully constructed natatory legs, a pair of magnificent compound eyes, and extremely complex antennae; but they have a closed and imperfect mouth, and cannot feed: their function at this stage is, to search by their well-developed organs of sense, and to reach by their active powers of swimming, a proper place on which to become attached and to undergo their final metamorphosis.
This kiln turned out to be a failure, because it was not properly constructed or properly burned.
Seven feet higher he constructed a similar, though lighter platform to serve as roof, and from the sides of this he suspended the balance of his sailcloth for walls.
They installed themselves in the island, and constructed a smaller boat with the debris of the two large ones.
They now constructed a more secure one, in which they deposited their heaviest articles, and then descended Snake River again, and encamped just above the American Falls.
The pedestrians bridges will be constructed in Chaklala, Shah Khalid Colony and Gulzar-e-Qaid while underpass will be built in front of Benazir Bhutto hospital.
Khurram Dastgir said if any province had reservations on Kalabagh dam then we should construct other dams to overcome water shortage.
Of the two major methods for the assessment of construing developed by Kelly, the self-characterization and the role construct repertory test, it was the grid form of the latter that originally most captured the imagination of researchers and practitioners, being used in over 90 percent of personal construct research studies (Neimeyer, 1985; Neimeyer, Baker, & Neimeyer, 1990).
Over the past 3 years, the RTA constructed more than 500 km-long internal roads in various residential communities across the Emirate," said Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, who chaired the meeting.
Egypt's Ministry of Housing and Urban Communities announced plans to construct 175,000 new housing units in 25 Egyptian governorates over the coming fiscal year, as part of the social housing plan to construct a million new units in areas of high population density.