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Behavior \Be*hav"ior\, n. Manner of behaving, whether good or bad; mode of conducting one's self; conduct; deportment; carriage; -- used also of inanimate objects; as, the behavior of a ship in a storm; the behavior of the magnetic needle.

A gentleman that is very singular in his behavior.

To be upon one's good behavior, To be put upon one's good behavior, to be in a state of trial, in which something important depends on propriety of conduct.

During good behavior, while (or so long as) one conducts one's self with integrity and fidelity or with propriety.

Syn: Bearing; demeanor; manner.

Usage: Behavior, Conduct. Behavior is the mode in which we have or bear ourselves in the presence of others or toward them; conduct is the mode of our carrying ourselves forward in the concerns of life. Behavior respects our manner of acting in particular cases; conduct refers to the general tenor of our actions. We may say of soldiers, that their conduct had been praiseworthy during the whole campaign, and their behavior admirable in every instance when they met the enemy.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 15c., essentially from behave, but with ending from Middle English havour "possession," a word altered (by influence of have) from aver, noun use of Old French verb aveir "to have."


n. 1 (context uncountable English) Human conduct relative to social norms. 2 (context uncountable English) The way a living creature behaves or acts generally. 3 (context uncountable informal English) A state of probation about one's conduct. 4 (context countable English) An instance of the way a living creature behaves. 5 (context countable uncountable biology psychology English) Observable response produced by an organism. 6 (context uncountable English) The way a device or system operates.

  1. n. manner of acting or conducting yourself [syn: behaviour, conduct, doings]

  2. the action or reaction of something (as a machine or substance) under specified circumstances; "the behavior of small particles can be studied in experiments" [syn: behaviour]

  3. (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people [syn: demeanor, demeanour, behaviour, conduct, deportment]

  4. (psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation [syn: behaviour]


Behavior (or behaviour, see spelling differences) is the range of actions and mannerisms made by individuals, organisms, systems, or artificial entities in conjunction with themselves or their environment, which includes the other systems or organisms around as well as the (inanimate) physical environment. It is the response of the system or organism to various stimuli or inputs, whether internal or external, conscious or subconscious, overt or covert, and voluntary or involuntary.

Taking a behavior informatics perspective, a behavior consists of behavior actor, operation, interactions, and their properties. A behavior can be represented as a behavior vector.

Behavior (disambiguation)

Behavior, or behaviour, is the way a person or animal acts and reacts.

Behavior or behaviour may also refer to:

  • Behaviour (journal), scientific journal
  • Behavior (film), a 2014 Cuban film
  • Behaviour (Pet Shop Boys album), 1990
  • Behaviour (Saga album), 1985
Behavior (film)

Behavior is a 2014 Cuban drama film directed by Ernesto Daranas. In English writing, the film is usually referred to by the title Behavior. The film premiered in February 2014, and then played at the Málaga Film Festival before having its US premieres simultaneously at the Chicago Latino Film Festival and Havana Film Festival New York in April 2014. Behavior was then screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. It was selected as the Cuban entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, but was not nominated.

Usage examples of "behavior".

He put up a great deal of money, pledged as surety for his good behavior, and they let him gobut it was a near thing.

American society, those black offenders who have become more acculturated into mainstream society will begin imitating the behavior and custom of their white offender counterparts.

It is an ahistorical amalgam of structures, values, and behaviors that never co-existed in the same time and place.

Apprehension warred with a sudden, iron determination to find out what that precious pair were up to, but I locked the warning away in the back of my mind, dimly thinking how Aiten would have mocked such uncharacteristic behavior but dismissing the notion.

And anyway, the new script, while it called for violence and other behavior uncharacteristic of the Amish, was at least devoid of exploitive sex.

Marty Anaheim might be jealous and try to find you and, ah, attempt to correct your behavior?

Great security was achieved, too, in the manner of releasing the behavior of stringing the beads and in the counter-suggestion that she be unable to recall the order of the beads without the appropriate trigger structure being reconstructed.

Either intensive behavioral guidance is given to these few, or certain forms of bioengineered plants, producing passive behavior, are fed to them.

Antecedent Behaviors and the Act of Murder Putting thoughts and plans of murder into action presents the murderer with various behavioral options.

They felt a reward was in order because Warren had shown constructive behavior patterns and was showing a marked change in his attitude and behavioral characteristics.

Behavior Units adminiistratively feasible In January 1986, the original Behavioral Science Unit which administered the NCAVC was split into two units, with each unit responsible for the administration of two of the four NCAVC programs.

Upon the demise of the introspectionist movement in modern psychology in the early years of the twentieth century, behaviorism also adopted the principle of reductionism by studying the behavior of animals as a means to understanding human behavior.

We have to distinguish between Behaviorism as a psychological theory, to which I am profoundly opposed, and Behavior therapy as a set of techniques, some of which are very useful.

Moreover, with the perceived failure of introspection as a means of scientific inquiry, many behaviorists simply reduced all mental activity, including consciousness itself, to objective behavior.

After Varya and Miles married, Blythe never refused the chance to shock her sister-in-law into such unladylike behavior.