SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | 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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Examples from the Web for behaviour Contemporary Examples of behaviour
But there is more to this
behaviour than intentional amnesia.
behaviour as a parliamentary candidate has brought the party into disrepute,” he said.
It is my sincere wish that the new royal couple will feel, through your
behaviour, loving trust.
[W]e can't repair the effects of past
behaviour on our atmosphere as quickly and as easily as we might cleanse a stream or river.
The character and
behaviour of plants would change, some for the better, some for worse. Historical Examples of behaviour
He could not avoid contrasting this
behaviour with his past preaching.
Knowing the Milbreys, you will divine the warmth of their
behaviour toward the son.
This, I dare say, will make them alter their
behaviour to you.
There was nothing in her
behaviour to indicate a consciousness of error from her sphere.
All this time it was instructive to watch the
behaviour of the little dog. British Dictionary definitions for behaviour noun manner of behaving or conducting oneself on one's best behaviour behaving with careful good manners psychol 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 Derived Forms behavioural or US behavioral, adjective Word Origin for behaviour
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 behaviour n.
chiefly British English spelling of
behavior; for suffix, see -or. 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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Medicine definitions for behaviour 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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Science definitions for behaviour 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 behaviour
see on one's best behavior.
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