- 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.
Origin of behavior
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Examples from the Web for behavior
Anger often manifests in withholders as another self-destructive but more socially acceptable feeling or behavior, like anxiety.Can Self-Help Books Really Make a New You?
December 29, 2014
The team tracked individuals from afar to get a sense of their behavior.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family
December 29, 2014
The idea is to reveal human nature and behavior with your camera moves.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
“While IV infusion is safe and effective,” one officer wrote, rectal hydration could be used as a form of behavior control.The Most Gruesome Moments in the CIA ‘Torture Report’
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
December 9, 2014
In many ways, the behavior of the male “ally” demonstrates how far we have to go in the tech industry.Tech’s Male ‘Feminists’ Aren’t Helping
Cate Huston, Karen Catlin
December 8, 2014
The behavior of the troops throughout this trying day was very good.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
I asked, astonished at Jim's behavior, and anxious for some clew by which to solve its mystery.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
There was something droll, and yet miserable, in his behavior.Questionable Shapes
William Dean Howells
To his way of thinking the behavior of the fiacre was quite unaccountable.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
I with a new, sudden interest, watched the behavior of the two men.The First Violin
Word Origin and History for behavior
- The actions or reactions of persons or things in response to external or internal stimuli.
- The manner in which one behaves.
- 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.