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Meaning of behavior by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms


    From behave +‎ -ior, apparently in simulation of havior, haviour, havour. Compare Scots havings ( “behavior” ), from have ( “to behave” ) .


    behavior ( countable and uncountable; plural: behaviors ) ( US )

    1. The way a living creature behaves or acts .
    2. The way a device or system operates .

    Usage notes

    • Adjectives often applied to "behavior": human, animal, physical, chemical, mechanical, electrical, organizational, corporate, social, collective, parental, interpersonal, sexual, criminal, appropriate, inappropriate, correct, incorrect, right, wrong, good, bad, acceptable, unacceptable, poor, ethical, unethical, moral, immoral, responsible, irresponsible, normal, odd, deviant, abnormal, violent, abusive, aggresive, offensive, defensive, rude, stupid, undesirable, verbal, nonverbal, learned, professional, unprofessional, adaptive, compulsive, questionable, assertive, disgusting, self-destructive .

    External links

    • behavior in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • behavior in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of behavior by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. manner of acting or controlling yourself

    2. the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation

    3. the way a person behaves toward other people

    4. the action or reaction of something ( as a machine or substance ) under specified circumstances

    5. the behavior of small particles can be studied in experiments

    Definition of behavior by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Behavior n. Manner of behaving, whether good or bad; mode of conducting one's self; conduct; deportment; carriage; -- used also of inanimate objects; as, “the behavior of a ship in a storm; the behavior of the magnetic needle”.

      A gentleman that is very singular in his behavior. Steele.

      To be upon one's good behavior, To be put upon one's good behavior, to be in a state of trial, in which something important depends on propriety of conduct. -- During good behavior, while ( or so long as ) one conducts one's self with integrity and fidelity or with propriety.

      Syn. -- Bearing; demeanor; manner. -- Behavior, Conduct. Behavior is the mode in which we have or bear ourselves in the presence of others or toward them; conduct is the mode of our carrying ourselves forward in the concerns of life. Behavior respects our manner of acting in particular cases; conduct refers to the general tenor of our actions. We may say of soldiers, that their conduct had been praiseworthy during the whole campaign, and their behavior admirable in every instance when they met the enemy.