be·​hav·​ior·​al | \bi-ˈhā-vyə-rəl, 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, 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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United Services has had to eliminate 22 full time positions, reduce behavioral, case management, and supportive housing staff, and close programs. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "United Services CEO Calls For Fair Funding For Behavioral Health Services In State," 7 Mar. 2018 Exposure to the heavy metal has been linked to behavioral problems and violent crimes later in life. Molly Rauch, Good Housekeeping, "When Your Water Poisons Your Children," 16 Feb. 2016 Primary, mental, behavioral, dental and nutritional care will be provided at the new facility, as well as women’s health services and those for infants and children. Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, "New county health center in Zion designed to meet 'the unmet needs of patients'," 9 July 2018 There are many possible treatments for excoriation disorder, most notably cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Laura Dorwart, SELF, "How K Beauty Helps Me Manage My Skin-Picking Disorder," 14 May 2018 Photo: Don Liebig/UCLA athletics At the University of Texas, Cecil Reynolds and his wife, Julia Hickman, earlier this year pledged $20 million to athletics that upon their deaths will fund a center for student-athlete brain and behavioral health. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "College Sports’ Newest Need: Psychologists," 8 Nov. 2018 Uber didn’t single-handedly enable the behavioral change that allowed its technology to take off. Eric Ellis, Fortune, "2 Things That Need to Happen for Driverless Cars to Go Mainstream," 28 June 2018 Some had recently exhibited major behavioral changes, but for others, the changes were more minor. Randy Rieland, Smithsonian, "Can Artificial Intelligence Help Stop School Shootings?," 22 June 2018 The foundation’s website says the aim is to use the outdoors to inspire participants to see opportunities in their lives and seek possibilities by creating positive behavioral changes. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Nonprofit links veterans to youths who lost military parent," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of behavioral

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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