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Science is a field of study, such as in biology, chemistry, and physics.
The study of communication is a science if one uses the scientific method to inquire into it.
A theory is a confirmed hypothesis.
The rules of correspondence assess how well the theory's constructs and abstract calculus can be applied to actual experience.
The method of tenacity involves accepting a claim because authority figures accept it.
Constructs are variables that are used in theories.
Theories must be capable of falsification if they are untrue.
Ethical and rhetorical theories consist of principles that describe good and effective communication respectively.
A rule is a verbal statement, supported by such ample evidence as not to be open to doubt unless much further evidence is obtained, of the way events of a certain class consistently and uniformly occur.
An operational definition relies on other concepts to describe a term.
Daily, poetic, and scholarly definitions may be used interchangeably.
Dictionaries of usage are good places to find useful conceptual definitions.
Conceptual definitions may be more abstract and complex than the term defined.
Operational definitions must be suggestive of constructs.