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good behavior

satisfactory, proper, or polite conduct.
conduct conformable to law; orderly conduct:
The convict's sentence was reduced for good behavior.
proper fulfillment of the duties of an office, especially a public office:
The incumbent could not be discharged during good behavior. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • By good behavior he could reduce the term to a trifle less than two years.

  • He also had to instruct his pupil in certain rules of good behavior.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • General Mitchell complimented us on our good behavior and appearance.

    The Citizen-Soldier John Beatty
  • "I want some security for your father's good behavior," he replied.

    Desk and Debit Oliver Optic
  • Just when I want Sally to be on her good behavior, she does some perfectly unheard-of thing.

    Peggy Raymond's Way Harriet Lummis Smith

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