formal operations

for·mal op·er·a·tions

in the psychology of Piaget, a stage of development in thinking, occurring approximately between 11-15 years of age, during which a child becomes capable of reasoning about abstract situations; reasoning at this stage is comparable with that of normal adults but less sophisticated.

formal operations

a form of thinking following the stage of concrete operations and representing the final, most mature state of thinking. It usually occurs after age 11 and is characterized by true logical thought, capability for deductive reasoning, abstract thinking, formulation and testing of hypotheses, appreciation for multiple perspectives on an issue, and the manipulation of ideas and concepts.
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Gujrat District Bar Association Secretary Irfan Ishaq Banth told Dawn that all arrangements had been made for formal operations of the court from Monday.
Avid Bioservices was established as Peregrines internal biologics manufacturing and development group, and began formal operations in January 2002.
1-MW hydropower plant in Sarangani with formal operations scheduled to start in August 2020 with 20 personnel.
The commencement of Mastercard's formal operations in Bahrain follows the opening of a dedicated office in Pakistan in late 2016.
The emphasis on language-- specifically, the act of language learning, with its inherent lacunae of understanding, its movement from confusion to clarity--is often mirrored in the formal operations of his films.
Nevertheless, the absence of a formal operations and maintenance agreement between SPG and SESCO is unlikely to give rise to any dispute, given SESCO's strong commitment as evidenced in the past.
PEKyN (CyHAN)- A Chinese electric multiple unit (EMU) train reached a speed of 385 kilometers per hour and passed a high speed test, a major step before it begins formal operations.
The Head Office will start its formal operations in the last week of August.
Choe said PCPI has started its formal operations in January 2014 after six months of constructing the building for the garment firm.
According to the company, Energy Drilling's Rig 8 has been assembled onsite and initiated formal operations on 31 August 2015.
Jan Sinnott described the limitations of formal thinking in dealing with multidimensional problems as a "lack of fit between formal operations and reality," (18) with formal thinkers recognizing the discrepancy but continuing to force a solution within a closed system.
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