[ bih-heyv-yer ]
/ bɪˈheɪv yər /
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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.
OTHER WORDS FOR behavior
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Also especially British, be·hav·iour .
Origin of behavior
synonym study for behavior
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM behavior
be·hav·ior·al, adjectivebe·hav·ior·al·ly, adverbin·ter·be·hav·ior, nounin·ter·be·hav·ior·al, adjective
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How to use behavior in a sentence
Like mask-wearing, these are really new behaviors that a lot of people have transitioned to really quickly.How well a mask works depends on how well it fits|Kat Eschner|November 20, 2020|Popular-Science
Fizri and Lacomme recorded the observations on a behavior checklist on their smartphones.On a cool night in Malaysia, scientists track mysterious colugos across the treetops|Yao-Hua Law|November 20, 2020|Science News
Let’s break that down, starting with preteen and teen behaviors.Warning! Junk foods can harm a teen’s brain|Sharon Oosthoek|November 19, 2020|Science News For Students
When you find a periodic sequence, you have gained information about behavior in the system.Searching Symbols for the Rules of Change|Rachel Crowell|November 17, 2020|Quanta Magazine
With consumer behavior shifting, chain drugstores have already started rethinking their strategies.Amazon Pharmacy is live: Shoppers can now order prescriptions directly through the tech giant|Rachel Schallom|November 17, 2020|Fortune
This behaviorally specific questioning method generally results in higher incidence rates than the ones used in the BJS report.College Girls Are Less Likely to Be Raped Than Non-Students|Brandy Zadrozny|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Scientific definitions for behavior
[ bĭ-hāv′yər ]
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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Other Idioms and Phrases with behavior
see on one's best behavior.
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