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 behaviours Historical Examples of behaviours
Jerry, if you don't like any of my
behaviours, why were you nice to me?
I will teach the children their
behaviours; and I will be like a jack-an-apes also, to burn the knight with my taber.
Of course, I knew that many of them must have two
behaviours, and that now they were on their good behaviour. British Dictionary definitions for behaviours 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 behaviours 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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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 behaviours
see on one's best behavior.
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