behavioral

adjective
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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Other Words from behavioral

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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In addition, for every one year younger that someone was exposed to tackle football, the onset of cognitive problems occurred 2.4 years earlier and behavioral and mood problems 2.5 years earlier. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Study: CTE, other brain diseases can start earlier if tackle football played before age 12," 30 Apr. 2018 There’s behavioral changes that can vary depending on the species. Angela Chen, The Verge, "This map lets you hear what the world sounds like without humans," 9 Dec. 2018 Moreover, focusing on behavioral changes obscures how much the deck is stacked against people, particularly the poor. Abigail Higgins, Vox, "Heart disease used to be an ailment of the rich. But it’s now striking the world’s poor.," 15 Oct. 2018 But some behavioral changes could indicate a deeper problem. Emily Bazar, The Seattle Times, "Typical kid behavior or a mental-health problem? It can be hard to decide.," 13 Aug. 2018 After four winters of the program, 98% of eligible elementary schoolers participate, including kids with physical or behavioral challenges. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 2 Apr. 2019 Even tiny amounts can cause learning disabilities, lower IQs and other permanent developmental and behavioral problems, with young children at the greatest risk. Ben Poston, latimes.com, "The Exide plant in Vernon closed 3 years ago. The vast majority of lead-contaminated properties remain uncleaned," 26 Apr. 2018 At her Club, psychologists and educators taught kids how to use cognitive-behavioral therapy to relieve their trauma. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 Inslee’s $675 million proposal would fund hundreds of new community mental-health beds and create a partnership with the University of Washington to establish a new teaching hospital focused on behavioral health. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Inslee unveils $675 million plan to reverse crisis in Washington’s mental-health system," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of behavioral

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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