: behaving in a polite or correct way
a well-behaved dog
Your children are very well-behaved.

Examples of well-behaved in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Everybody’s been just overwhelmingly well-behaved about everything. Melinda Newman, Billboard, 14 Nov. 2023 And — it must be said that bringing dogs to someone else’s home overnight is a high-impact thing to do, even if your dogs are well-behaved. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2023 Donna Rhone, whose son's face was grazed by a bullet in the St. Louis shooting, told KTVI-TV that partygoers had been well-behaved before the shooting. Michael Tarm, BostonGlobe.com, 24 June 2023 The dogs, among the most beautiful and well-behaved in the country, have trained for this day for months or years. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 8 May 2023 Eileen loves to go on long walks and is well-behaved on a leash. The Republic, The Arizona Republic, 14 Apr. 2023 All our dogs are well-behaved, except for one -- a young, unneutered male that is very active and humps anything that moves. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 26 Jan. 2023 The kids are generally well-behaved. Nicholas Ivor Martin and Jacobina Martin, oregonlive, 23 Apr. 2023 Yup, just like Santa Claus, the first Easter bunny was created to ensure kids were well-behaved before Easter started. Lauren Smith McDonough, House Beautiful, 9 Mar. 2023 See More

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“Well-behaved.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/well-behaved. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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