SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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.
, especially British be·hav·iour. Origin of behavior 1375–1425; behave
(on model of
to have); replacing
late Middle English behavoure, behaver.
-or 1 Related forms be·hav·ior·al, adjective be·hav·ior·al·ly, adverb in·ter·be·hav·ior, noun in·ter·be·hav·ior·al, adjective in·ter·be·hav·ior·al·ly, adverb Synonym study 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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tone Examples from the Web for behaviors Contemporary Examples of behaviors
Sex, with its myths, confronts us with the complexity of our
behaviors and our beliefs.
Risk in the other direction can rapidly be understood by the public and
behaviors adjusted on the fly—because fear works.
So we identified who that guy was, put a report in his file, kept him under observation for other
The difficulty is that
behaviors that would indicate ADHD in a 9-year-old are completely normal in a 2-year-old.
behaviors, while disturbing, never seemed to fit the traditional definitions of abuse as Henderson and others knew it. Historical Examples of behaviors Word Origin and History for behaviors n.
late 15c., essentially from
behave, but with ending from Middle English havour "possession," a word altered (by influence of have) from aver, noun use of Old French verb aveir "to have."
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n. The actions or reactions of persons or things in response to external or internal stimuli. The manner in which one behaves. Related forms be•hav ′ior•al adj.
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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 behaviors
see on one's best behavior.
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