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From behave +‎ -iour, apparently in simulation of haviour, havior, havour. Compare Scots havings (behaviour), from have (to behave).



behaviour (usually uncountable, plural behaviours) (British spelling, Canadian, Australian spelling, South African spelling and New Zealand spelling)

  1. The way a living creature behaves or acts.
    She can't stop the strange behaviour because she has OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).
  2. The way a device or system operates.

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  • Adjectives often applied to "behaviour" include: 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, trained, expected, unexpected, public, private, observed, guided, rewarded, punished, childish, mature, acceptable, unacceptable, encouraged, positive, chosen, personal, lawful, illegal, impulsive, measured, shameful, dangerous, regretful, unacceptable, inappropriate, socially-acceptable, online, desirable, undesirable, promptedsardae

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