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behaviour

[ bih-heyv-yer ]
/ bɪˈheɪv yər /
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noun Chiefly British.
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usage note for behaviour

See -or1.
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How to use behaviour in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for behaviour

behaviour

US behavior

/ (bɪˈheɪvjə) /

noun
manner of behaving or conducting oneself
on one's best behaviour behaving with careful good manners
psychol
  1. the aggregate of all the responses made by an organism in any situation
  2. 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 of behaviour

behavioural or US behavioral, adjective

Word Origin for behaviour

C15: from behave; influenced in form by Middle English havior, from Old French havoir, from Latin habēre to have
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