Behavior meaning

bĭ-hāv'yər
The actions or reactions of a person or animal in response to external or internal stimuli.
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The definition of behavior is the way a person or thing acts or reacts.

A child throwing a tantrum is an example of bad behavior.

The actions of chimps studied by scientists are an example of behaviors.

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The manner in which one acts or behaves.
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The manner in which something functions or operates.
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In object technology, the processing that an object can perform.
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The actions displayed by an organism in response to its environment.
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One of these actions. Certain animal behaviors (such as nest building) result from instinct , while others (such as hunting) must be learned.
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The manner in which a physical system, such as a gas, subatomic particle, or ecosystem, acts or functions, especially under specified conditions.
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The way a person behaves or acts; conduct; manners.
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(uncountable) The way a living creature behaves or acts generally.
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(uncountable, informal) A state of probation about one's conduct.

He was on his behavior when her family visited.

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(uncountable) The way a device or system operates.
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The manner in which something functions or operates.

The faulty behavior of a computer program; the behavior of dying stars.

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The way a machine, element, etc. acts or functions.
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(uncountable) Human conduct relative to social norms.
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(countable) An instance of the way a living creature behaves.
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(countable, uncountable, biology, psychology) Observable response produced by an organism.
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Origin of behavior

  • Middle English behavour from behaven to behave (on the model of havour behavior) (from Old French avoir) (from avoir to have) behave
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From behave +‎ -ior, apparently in simulation of havior, haviour, havour. Compare Scots havings (“behavior”), from have (“to behave”).
    From Wiktionary