Definition of Behavior

1. Noun. Manner of acting or controlling yourself.

2. Noun. The action or reaction of something (as a machine or substance) under specified circumstances. "The behavior of small particles can be studied in experiments"
Exact synonyms: Behaviour
Generic synonyms: Action, Activeness, Activity

3. Noun. (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people.

4. Noun. (psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation.
Exact synonyms: Behaviour
Generic synonyms: Activity
Specialized synonyms: Territoriality
Category relationships: Psychological Science, Psychology

Definition of Behavior

1. 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.

Definition of Behavior

1. Noun. The way a living creature behaves or acts. ¹

2. Noun. The way a device or system operates. ¹

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Definition of Behavior

1. demeanor [n -S] - See also: demeanor

Medical Definition of Behavior

1. 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." (Steele) 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. Synonym: Bearing, demeanor, manner. 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Behavior

behave oneself
behavior (current term)
behavior modification
behavior therapy
behavioral crises
behavioral crisis
behavioral force
behavioral objective
behavioral pattern
behavioral patterns

Literary usage of Behavior

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of Psychology by Edward Bradford ( Titchener, Granville Stanley Hall (1922)
"REVIEWS OF BOOKS Human behavior, in Us Relation to the Study of Educational, ... The need of a study of human behavior more inclusive than has been ..."

2. Psychological Review by American Psychological Association (1879)
"Suppose we note how these minor units of behavior are connected together into larger systems of action. We see that the walking, grasping, hitting, ..."

3. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"Such a chain of cooperating acts shows that a high level of evolution of behavior has been reached where single elements of behavior are united into complex ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1914)
"There are at least three valuable points of view from which the behavior of man may be studied : the psychological ; the physiological; ..."

5. Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People: A Report of the Surgeon General by M. Joycelyn Elders (1997)
"Correlates of Adolescent Smoking behavior Evaluations of interventions before the mid-1970s suggested that these approaches were insufficient for several ..."

6. Educational Psychology by Edward Lee Thorndike (1913)
"CHAPTER VIII RESPONSES TO THE behavior OF OTHER HUMAN BEINGS: IMITATION Imitation is a word of too many different meanings to be used without qualifications ..."

7. Biological Bulletin by Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.) (1915)
"Normal in behavior Antenna? pulled off. Normal in behavior Elytra and wings ... Slightly abnormal in behavior. Elytra and wings pulled off and pores on legs ..."

8. Publication of the American Sociological Society by American Sociological Association (1917)
"Psychiatrists have observed certain type responses or behavior patterns and have ... But these types of behavior are seen to be common in some de- 'Thc ..."

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