[syn: behavior, behaviour]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: manner of acting or controlling yourself [syn: behavior,
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:
3: (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other
people [syn: demeanor, demeanour, behavior,
behaviour, conduct, deportment]
4: (psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or
movements made by an organism in any situation [syn:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
44 Moby Thesaurus words for "behavior":
Pavlovian conditioning, act, acting, action, actions, activism,
activity, bearing, comportment, conditioned response, conditioning,
conduct, demeanor, deportment, doing, employment, exercise,
function, functioning, instrumental conditioning, manner, manners,
mien, movements, negative reinforcement, occupation,
operant conditioning, operation, operations, play,
positive reinforcement, practice, praxis, psychagogy, reeducation,
reflex, reinforcement, reorientation, swing, unconditioned reflex,
way, work, working, workings
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
BEHAVIOR, n. Conduct, as determined, not by principle, but by
breeding. The word seems to be somewhat loosely used in Dr. Jamrach
Holobom's translation of the following lines from the _Dies Irae_:
Recordare, Jesu pie,
Quod sum causa tuae viae.
Ne me perdas illa die.
Pray remember, sacred Savior,
Whose the thoughtless hand that gave your
Death-blow. Pardon such behavior.