- manner of behaving or acting.
- Psychology, Animal Behavior.
- observable activity in a human or animal.
- the aggregate of responses to internal and external stimuli.
- a stereotyped, species-specific activity, as a courtship dance or startle reflex.
- Often behaviors. a behavior pattern.
- the action or reaction of any material under given circumstances: the behavior of tin under heat.
Also especially British, be·hav·iour.
Origin of behavior
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1. demeanor, manners; bearing, carriage.
1. Behavior, conduct, deportment, comportment refer to one's actions before or toward others, especially on a particular occasion. Behavior refers to actions usually measured by commonly accepted standards: His behavior at the party was childish. Conduct refers to actions viewed collectively, especially as measured by an ideal standard: Conduct is judged according to principles of ethics. Deportment is behavior related to a code or to an arbitrary standard: Deportment is guided by rules of etiquette. The teacher gave Susan a mark of B in deportment. Comportment is behavior as viewed from the standpoint of one's management of one's own actions: His comportment was marked by a quiet assurance.
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Examples from the Web for behaviours
Jerry, if you don't like any of my behaviours, why were you nice to me?Cinderella Jane
Marjorie Benton Cooke
I will teach the children their behaviours; and I will be like a jack-an-apes also, to burn the knight with my taber.The Merry Wives of Windsor
Of course, I knew that many of them must have two behaviours, and that now they were on their good behaviour.Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood
- manner of behaving or conducting oneself
- on one's best behaviour behaving with careful good manners
- the aggregate of all the responses made by an organism in any situation
- a specific response of a certain organism to a specific stimulus or group of stimuli
- the action, reaction, or functioning of a system, under normal or specified circumstances
C15: from behave; influenced in form by Middle English havior, from Old French havoir, from Latin habēre to have
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Word Origin and History for behaviours
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The actions or reactions of persons or things in response to external or internal stimuli.
- The manner in which one behaves.
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- The actions displayed by an organism in response to its environment.
- One of these actions. Certain animal behaviors (such as nest building) result from instinct, while others (such as hunting) must be learned.
- The manner in which a physical system, such as a gas, subatomic particle, or ecosystem, acts or functions, especially under specified conditions.
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Idioms and Phrases with behaviours
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