be·​hav·​ior·​al bi-ˈhā-vyə-rəl How to pronounce behavioral (audio)
: 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
: 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
behaviorally adverb
… gradually came to the conclusion that the wild dogs are physically and behaviorally distinct enough to constitute a uniform breed. Christine Mlot

Examples of behavioral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Leverage Behavioral Analytics In a high-turnover environment, use advanced behavioral analytics to identify patterns that might indicate potential IP threats from departing employees. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Interview subjects are graded not just on their technical interviews, but also behavioral interviews, which focus on problem-solving and communication. Lauren Goode, WIRED, 22 Feb. 2024 Ford alleged to Fox 11 that Cooper had been breeding and selling the animals to make money, a practice critics have long argued can lead to dogs having health and behavioral issues and can also lead to overpopulation. Sean Neumann, Peoplemag, 21 Feb. 2024 In children, whose brains are still developing, exposure to PM2.5 has been associated with behavioral and cognitive problems. Zoë Schlanger, The Atlantic, 21 Feb. 2024 Consequently, foster youth face daunting odds compared to their peers, experiencing higher rates of mental health issues, academic struggles, behavioral challenges and delinquency. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 21 Feb. 2024 The samples were collected in doctors' offices and clinics that see patients for pain, addiction and behavioral health treatment. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 21 Feb. 2024 Of that amount, 15% is earmarked for behavioral health programs, 5% to address homelessness and 5% for youth programs. Dánica Coto, Quartz, 13 Feb. 2024 The field of behavioral economics teaches us that a bad tax is one to which the predictable taxpayer responses are misaligned with national economic policy. Robert Goulder, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of behavioral was in 1919

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“Behavioral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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