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An operator in which only as many operands are evaluated as are needed to determine the final result of the operation. The logical-and (

`&&`

) and logical-or (`||`

) operators are the most common example, although the conditional operator (`?:`

) also only ever evaluates two of its three operands. See fully evaluating operator.- Browse Related Terms: arithmetic expression, arithmetic operator, assignment operator, binary operator, boolean expression, conditional operator, De Morgan's Theorem, expression, fully evaluating operator, implicit type conversion, JSP expression, logical operators, operand, operator, precedence rules, quotient, relational operators, short-circuit operator