- 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
Synonyms for behavior
Examples from the Web for behaviours
Historical Examples of behaviours
Jerry, if you don't like any of my behaviours, why were you nice to me?Cinderella Jane
Marjorie Benton Cooke
I will teach the children their behaviours; and I will be like a jack-an-apes also, to burn the knight with my taber.The Merry Wives of Windsor
Of course, I knew that many of them must have two behaviours, and that now they were on their good behaviour.Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood
- manner of behaving or conducting oneself
- on one's best behaviour behaving with careful good manners
- 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
Word Origin for behaviour
Word Origin and History for behaviours
- 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.
Idioms and Phrases with behaviours
see on one's best behavior.