behavior

Behavior refers to how you conduct yourself. Generally, it’s wise to engage in good behavior, even if you're really bored.

The noun behavior is a spin-off of the verb behave. Get rid of the be in behave and you're left with have, which makes sense: you could say that to behave is to "have" or "own" yourself — to control yourself. There's also a broader definition of behavior, which is basically anything any living thing does in any situation. Brushing your teeth? Behavior. Scratching your nose? Behavior. Eating a large antelope because you are a lion and you're hungry? Also behavior.

Definitions of behavior
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n (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people

Synonyms:
behaviour, conduct, demeanor, demeanour, deportment
Types:
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manners
social deportment
citizenship
conduct as a citizen
swashbuckling
flamboyantly reckless and boastful behavior
correctitude, properness, propriety
correct or appropriate behavior
improperness, impropriety
an improper demeanor
manner, personal manner
a way of acting or behaving
decorousness, decorum
propriety in manners and conduct
appropriateness, rightness
appropriate conduct; doing the right thing
correctness
the quality of conformity to social expectations
good form
behavior that conforms to social conventions of the time
priggishness, primness
exaggerated and arrogant properness
modesty, reserve
formality and propriety of manner
grace, seemliness
a sense of propriety and consideration for others
decency
the quality of conforming to standards of propriety and morality
incorrectness
lack of conformity to social expectations
inappropriateness, wrongness
inappropriate conduct
indelicacy
the trait of being indelicate and offensive
indecorousness, indecorum
a lack of decorum
indecency
the quality of being indecent
bearing, comportment, mien, presence
dignified manner or conduct
bedside manner
manner or conduct of a physician in the presence of a patient
dandyism, foppishness
the manner and dress of a fop or dandy
gentleness, mildness, softness
acting in a manner that is gentle and mild and even-tempered
formality, formalness
a manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies
informality
a manner that does not take forms and ceremonies seriously
courtesy, good manners
a courteous manner
discourtesy, rudeness
a manner that is rude and insulting
Type of:
trait
a distinguishing feature of your personal nature

n manner of acting or controlling yourself

Synonyms:
behaviour, conduct, doings
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aggression
deliberately unfriendly behavior
bohemianism
conduct characteristic of a bohemian
dirty pool
conduct that is unfair or unethical or unsportsmanlike
dirty tricks
underhand commercial or political behavior designed to discredit an opponent
discourtesy, offence, offense, offensive activity
a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others
easiness
the quality of being easy in behavior or style
the way of the world, the ways of the world
the manner in which people typically behave or things typically happen
aggravation, irritation, provocation
unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment
bitchery
aggressive remarks and behavior like that of a spiteful malicious woman
bullying, intimidation
the act of intimidating a weaker person to make them do something
hell raising, raising hell
making trouble just for the fun of it
self-assertion
the act of asserting yourself in an aggressive manner
derision, ridicule
the act of deriding or treating with contempt
indelicacy
an impolite act or expression
insolence
an offensive disrespectful impudent act
affront, insult
a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
presumption
a kind of discourtesy in the form of an act of presuming
rebuff, slight
a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval)
Type of:
activity
any specific behavior

n (psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation

Synonyms:
behaviour
Types:
territoriality
the behavior of a male animal that defines and defends its territory
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activity
any specific behavior

n the action or reaction of something (as a machine or substance) under specified circumstances

“the behavior of small particles can be studied in experiments”
Synonyms:
behaviour
Type of:
action, activeness, activity
the state of being active

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