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See also: behaviour
- (uncountable) Human conduct relative to social norms.
- (uncountable) The way a living creature behaves or acts generally.
- (uncountable, informal) A state of probation about one's conduct.
- He was on his best behavior when her family visited.
- (countable) An instance of the way a living creature behaves.
- (countable, uncountable, biology, psychology) Observable response produced by an organism.
- (uncountable) The way a device or system operates.
- Adjectives often applied to "behavior": human, animal, physical, chemical, mechanical, electrical, organizational, corporate, social, collective, parental, interpersonal, sexual, criminal, appropriate, inappropriate, correct, incorrect, right, wrong, good, bad, acceptable, unacceptable, poor, ethical, unethical, moral, immoral, responsible, irresponsible, normal, odd, deviant, abnormal, violent, abusive, aggressive, offensive, defensive, rude, stupid, undesirable, verbal, nonverbal, learned, professional, unprofessional, adaptive, compulsive, questionable, assertive, disgusting, self-destructive.
the actions of organisms
way an animal or human behaves or acts
way matter or systems behave
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
Translations to be checked
- behavior in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- behavior in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
- "behavior" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 43.