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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Funded programs also will help transitional age homeless youths, people with substance abuse issues or those who have behavioral health problems. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "$8 million allocated for homeless programs countywide," 27 June 2019 Both parents said they were called frequently by Anderson-Harper saying their son was having behavioral problems ⁠— that the family said was consistent with his diagnosis. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "'I wanted to turn over the table': Gary parents speak out after their autistic son was dubbed 'most annoying' at school," 13 June 2019 Doctors urged parents to send away children who showed any signs of mental disabilities, often resulting in institutionalization of those who merely had behavioral problems or tested poorly in school. Ysabelle Kempe,, "High school class uncovers identities of those in cemetery for disabled," 12 June 2019 In addition to academic achievement, researchers found that children who took a mid-day nap also tended to be happier and suffer from less behavioral problems. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Science Says Middle School Children Should Consider Taking Daily Naps," 11 June 2019 The new study combined anatomical and behavioral experiments. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "Domestication Made Dogs’ Facial Anatomy More Fetching to Humans," 17 June 2019 In addition, the Hyland campus in Westlake has a behavioral therapist on site two days a week. Susan Glaser,, "Mental health day off? Company culture is changing: Top Workplaces 2019," 16 June 2019 The move aligned the 300-year-old institution closer to keeping its own behavioral guidelines, brought in two years earlier, that banned drinking during work. David Hodari, Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Hey Traders, It’s 2019—No More Drinking on the Job," 14 June 2019 Tri-City suspended its 18-bed, in-patient behavioral health unit and its 12-person crisis stabilization unit in September, citing problems with finances and federal mandates. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Election themes surface in firefight over Tri-City Medical Center," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of behavioral

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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