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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Anderson Health, about 35 miles southeast of Charlotte, is one of 37 psychiatric residential treatment facilities in North Carolina for patients with severe mental and behavioral problems. Fred Clasen-kelly, Julianna Rennie And Cassie Cope, charlotteobserver, "Teen alleges psych center therapist was 'touching me in a way I hated,' NC report says," 27 June 2018 When building a flock, consider the behavioral and physical characteristics and climate suitability of each breed. Denise Foley, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Raising Backyard Chickens," 14 Aug. 2018 Louwerse said the key is to look at causes of homelessness for young people: generational poverty and large gaps in mental, behavioral and substance abuse health systems. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Will a new federal sex trafficking law help Alaska’s endangered youths?," 3 May 2018 The concern with him has to do with his off-field behavioral and maturity issues., "NFL Draft 2018: Todd McShay's 10-year track record rating quarterbacks," 24 Apr. 2018 Classrooms are also working to accommodate their unique behavioral and sensory needs. Damar Services, Indianapolis Star, "5 ways classrooms are successfully changing to support students with autism," 24 Apr. 2018 Then, after about a month of reported dialectical behavioral treatment, Selena was released. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez Breaks Her Silence To Thank Fans on Instagram After Year Of "Challenges"," 14 Jan. 2019 Her twins, now seven, have hand-eye coordination issues and speech impediments—including other behavioral issues, such as lack of impulse control, says Walters. Sarah Hurtes, Harper's BAZAAR, "Women Who Risk Everything to Defend the Environment," 30 Nov. 2018 Jack Stuster, a cultural anthropologist who has studied journals kept by both astronauts and earthbound explorers, says behavioral issues are a surmountable challenge. Stephen Ornes, Discover Magazine, "Want to be a Mars Astronaut? You'll Need the Proper Mindset," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of behavioral

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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