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
behavioralplay \-vyə-rəl\ adjective
behaviorallyplay \-rə-lē\ adverb
Examples of behavior in a sentence
I'm surprised by her bad behavior toward her friends.
Students will be rewarded for good behavior.
scientists studying the behavior of elephants
An acceptable social behavior in one country may be unacceptable in another country.
Doctors are trying to educate people about behaviors that can put them at increased risk for skin cancer.
The experiment tested the behavior of various metals under heat and pressure.
Origin and Etymology of behavior
alteration of Middle English behavour, from behaven
First Known Use: 15th century
BEHAVIOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of behavior for English Language Learners
: the way a person or animal acts or behaves
: the way something (such as a machine or substance) moves, functions, or reacts
BEHAVIOR Defined for Kids
Definition of behavior for Students
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 Definition of behavior
1: the manner of conducting oneself
2a: anything that an organism does involving action and response to stimulationb: the response of an individual, group, or species to its environment
behavioralor chiefly British
behaviorallyor chiefly British
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