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behavior

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noun be·hav·ior \bi-ˈhā-vyər, bē-\

Simple Definition of behavior

  • : the way a person or animal acts or behaves

  • : the way something (such as a machine or substance) moves, functions, or reacts

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of behavior

  1. 1 a :  the manner of conducting oneself b :  anything that an organism does involving action and response to stimulation c :  the response of an individual, group, or species to its environment

  2. 2 :  the way in which someone behaves; also :  an instance of such behavior

  3. 3 :  the way in which something functions or operates

behavioral

play \-vyə-rəl\ adjective

behaviorally

play \-rə-lē\ adverb

Examples of behavior in a sentence

  1. I'm surprised by her bad behavior toward her friends.

  2. Students will be rewarded for good behavior.

  3. scientists studying the behavior of elephants

  4. An acceptable social behavior in one country may be unacceptable in another country.

  5. Doctors are trying to educate people about behaviors that can put them at increased risk for skin cancer.

  6. The experiment tested the behavior of various metals under heat and pressure.



Origin and Etymology of behavior

alteration of Middle English behavour, from behaven


First Known Use: 15th century



BEHAVIOR Defined for Kids

behavior

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noun be·hav·ior \bi-ˈhāv-yər\

Definition of behavior for Students

  1. 1 :  the manner in which a person acts <Students are rewarded for good behavior.>

  2. 2 :  the whole activity of something and especially a living being <Scientists observed the elephant's behavior.>




Medical Dictionary

behavior

noun be·hav·ior

Medical Definition of behavior

  1. 1:  the manner of conducting oneself

  2. 2a:  anything that an organism does involving action and response to stimulationb:  the response of an individual, group, or species to its environment

behavioral

or chiefly British

behavioural

\-vyə-rəl\play adjective

behaviorally

or chiefly British

behaviourally

\-rə-lē\play adverb


Variants of behavior

or chiefly British

behaviour

\bi-ˈhā-vyər\play


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