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behavior

noun be·hav·ior \bi-ˈhā-vyər, bē-\

: the way a person or animal acts or behaves

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

Full Definition of BEHAVIOR

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
:  the way in which someone behaves; also :  an instance of such behavior
3
:  the way in which something functions or operates
be·hav·ior·al \-vyə-rəl\ adjective
be·hav·ior·al·ly \-rə-lē\ adverb

Examples of BEHAVIOR

  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 of BEHAVIOR

alteration of Middle English behavour, from behaven
First Known Use: 15th century

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BEHAVIOR Defined for Kids

behavior

noun be·hav·ior \bi-ˈhāv-yər\

Definition of BEHAVIOR for Kids

1
:  the manner in which a person acts <Students are rewarded for good behavior.>
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
:  the manner of conducting oneself
2
a :  anything that an organism does involving action and response to stimulation b :  the response of an individual, group, or species to its environment
be·hav·ior·al or chiefly British be·hav·iour·al \-vyə-rəl\ adjective
be·hav·ior·al·ly or chiefly British be·hav·iour·al·ly \-rə-lē\ adverb

Variants of BEHAVIOR

be·hav·ior or chiefly British be·hav·iour \bi-ˈhā-vyər\
July 05, 2015
bunkum Hear it
insincere or foolish talk
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