be·​hav·​ior·​al | \ bi-ˈhā-vyə-rəl How to pronounce behavioral (audio) , bē-\

Definition of behavioral

1 : of or relating to behavior : pertaining to reactions made in response to social stimuli behavioral problems behavioral similarities Half of all potential guide dogs don't get final clearance because of medical or behavioral issues.— Cassie Kreitner
2 : relating to or concerned with the social, psychological, and emotional factors that affect financial decisions and behavior behavioral economics Behavioral finance … holds that financial man—far from the perfect, mechanical trader depicted in textbooks—is a rather neurotic fellow. He follows the crowd, fails to plan ahead and often makes mistakes.— Roger Lowenstein

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behaviorally \ bi-​ˈhā-​vyə-​rə-​lē How to pronounce behaviorally (audio) , bē-​ \ adverb
… gradually came to the conclusion that the wild dogs are physically and behaviorally distinct enough to constitute a uniform breed. — Christine Mlot

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Others are placed by the Alabama Department of Human Resources for behavioral issues or problems at home. Ashley Remkus |, al, "In wake of killing and escapes, Madison revokes Three Springs business license," 14 Aug. 2019 Teaching self-regulation to kids will decrease the time teachers spend managing behavioral issues and interruptions. Allison Bagley, Houston Chronicle, "Houston-area schools adopt mindfulness practices to increase learning," 31 July 2019 Seizures became more frequent and the Deja was experience behavioral issues., "‘Her strength was amazing’: After daughter’s death, Alabama mother continues her legacy through charity," 18 July 2019 There's a lot of patience that comes into training a dog, especially one with behavioral issues. Jack Williams,, "Pups program brings joy to South Dakota State Penitentiary," 17 July 2019 Staffers at Front Street evaluate each of the animals for behavioral issues and their potential for adoption success, said shelter manager Gina Knepp. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Marijuana guard dogs strain animal shelter as illegal pot grows rise in Sacramento," 27 June 2018 The outpatient treatment and counseling service center is intended to provide help from professional licensed therapists and social workers to individuals struggling with various behavioral health issues such as substance and drug abuse. Karen Pearlman,, "L.G. council nixes outpatient drug and alcohol treatment center," 12 June 2018 The Save Haven site, meanwhile, is envisioned as a one-stop shop of sorts for people seeking help dealing with behavioral health issues. Bob Warren,, "'We need to erase the stigma,' St. Tammany mental health panel says," 10 May 2018 This is a quality-of-life issue not only for the pet but also for the pet owners because sometimes these behavioral issues can be corrected instead of giving the dog up for adoption. Karen Ridder, kansascity, "Tending to pets — and their people — is the mission of this shop | The Kansas City Star," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of behavioral

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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