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

Examples of behavioral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After retiring from the IMF, Val worked for a few years at the Stone House, a behavioral health office in Falls Church, before dedicating herself full time to travel and hobbies. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "‘She was definitely my best friend,’ says daughter of covid-19 victim," 10 July 2020 Epel says behavioral change only comes when the perception of personal risk grows. USA TODAY, "US hits 3M coronavirus cases — about a quarter of the world's total. What number will spark societal changes to slow exponential rise?," 9 July 2020 Health officials say students need to be in schools this fall to continue their educational development and to access meal programs and services for mental and behavioral health. Collin Binkley,, "Trump says he will pressure states to reopen schools in fall," 8 July 2020 Daoust both combined these into a behavioral index and analyzed them individually. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "COVID-19 safety: Around the world, many of the elderly can’t be bothered," 6 July 2020 Often, Cahoots workers must tell people who need shelter or behavioral health treatment that there is nowhere to take them. oregonlive, "Police cuts give Portland alternative first responder program a boost -- but can it respond to the moment?," 4 July 2020 To purchase food, supplies and computer equipment to care for youth in residential treatment for mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Greater Cleveland COVID-19 response fund awards $1.1 million in grants," 26 June 2020 Critics, however, argue the network indirectly screens out children with greater academic and behavioral needs by emphasizing advanced-level courses. Jacob Carpenter,, "Following backlash, IDEA charter schools promise spending, leadership reforms," 17 June 2020 Though nascent, this raft of behavioral and infrastructure changes could have major implications for the future of cities. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "After coronavirus, bicycles will have a new place in city life," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of behavioral

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Jul 2020

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“Behavioral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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