• WordNet 3.6
    • n behavior manner of acting or controlling yourself
    • n behavior (psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation
    • n behavior (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people
    • n behavior the action or reaction of something (as a machine or substance) under specified circumstances "the behavior of small particles can be studied in experiments"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Compulsive or pathological sexual behavior have a 12-step program available to them through SLAA, the Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous.
    • n Behavior 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 ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Staten Island, New York it is illegal for a father to call his son a 'faggot' or 'queer' in an effort to curb 'girlie' behavior.
    • n behavior Manner of behaving, whether good or bad; conduct; mode of acting; manners; deportment: sometimes, when used absolutely, implying good breeding or proper deportment.
    • n behavior Figuratively, the manner in which anything acts or operates.
    • n behavior The act of representing another person; the manner in which one personates the character of another; representative character.
    • n behavior In a state of probation; liable to be called to account in case of misconduct.
    • n behavior Synonyms Carriage, Behavior, Conduct, Deportment, Demeanor, bearing, manner, manners, all denote primarily outward manner or conduct, but naturally are freely extended to internal states or activities. Carriage, the way of carrying one's self, may be mere physical attitude, or it may be personal manners, as expressing states of mind: we speak of a haughty or noble carriage, but not ordinarily of an ignoble, cringing, or base carriage. Behavior is the most general expression of one's mode of acting; it also refers particularly to comparatively conspicuous actions and conduct. Conduct is more applicable to actions viewed as connected into a course of life, especially to actions considered with reference to morality. Deportment is especially behavior in the line of the proprieties or duties of life: as, Mr. Turveydrop was a model of deportment; the scholars' rank depends partly upon their deportment. Demeanor is most used for manners as expressing character; it is a more delicate word than the others, and is generally used in a good sense. We may speak of lofty or gracious carriage; good, bad, wise, foolish, modest, conceited behavior; exemplary conduct; grand, modest, correct deportment; quiet, refined demeanor.
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  • Alfred Adler
    “The test of one's behavior pattern; relationship to society, relationship to one's work, relationship to sex.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image”
  • Doug Horton
    “We are all serving a life sentence, and good behavior is our only hope for a pardon.”
  • Margaret Mead
    “Our humility rest upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited.”
  • Cesare Pavese
    “Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference.”
  • Fran Tarkenton
    Fran Tarkenton
    “People don't change their behavior unless it makes a difference for them to do so.”


In literature:

This was what the lads assumed it to be until they both noticed a behavior curious in a log.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
Then Mistress Dryad will see what she has brought upon herself by her behavior to me.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
It is very interesting to note the behavior of a young shepherd-dog when he is first brought in contact with a flock.
"Domesticated Animals" by Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
But he particularly considered their behavior at the banquet-table.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
It occurred to him now that perhaps Mr. Bouncing could be led to act favorably upon the question of his wife's behavior.
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
The opportunity presented itself, and their behavior proved they were good soldiers.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
This gravity promised better than anything his father's behavior had led him to expect of late.
"The Prodigal Father" by J. Storer Clouston
He called like the familiar black-cap, and his behavior was much like that bird's.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
Something about the burly, ugly Barto's behavior began to worry me.
"Valley of the Croen" by Lee Tarbell
In a short time she will repent of her behavior.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume

In poetry:

When I'm thinking of my Savior,
When I'm seeking good behavior;
When I look for earthly angels,
Then I with the children mingle.
"The Simple Reason. III John, 1:4" by Frank Barbour Coffin
impossible yet useful numbers, no one
has yet explained. Still, they do
manage to forgive impossible behavior,
to endure by some miracle
"The Common Life" by W H Auden
And O, it gives him sad surprise,
There must be tears in Jesus' eyes,
When little girls with bad behavior
Forget to own their Lord and Savior.
"A Christmas Colloquy" by John Crowe Ransom
Now let us raise in a different strain
The praise of the goddess, the giver of grain;
Imploring her favor
With other behavior,
In measures more sober, submissive, and graver.
"Chorus Of Mystae In Hades" by Aristophanes
Still, latter-day sages,
Smiling at this behavior, subjugating their enemies
Neatly, nicely, by disbelief or bridges,
Never grip, as the grandsires did, that devil who chuckles
From grain of the marrow and the river-bed grains.
"A Lesson In Vengeance" by Sylvia Plath
They put you in the picture if you pay.
So even if you didn't see the Savior,
And even if the holy bishop's hand
Didn't guide you in devout behavior
(Kneeling, near the border, looking bland),
In the painting it appeared that way.
"The Donor" by Rainer Maria Rilke

In news:

TRAVERSE CITY — Marc Morris formally admitted his criminal behavior in court, and Kelly Hall is relieved.
Glenn Danzig Draws Fire for Behavior at Fun Fun Fun Fest.
John Maynard Smith, an evolutionary biologist who revolutionized the study of animal behavior by applying the principles of game theory, died on April 19 at his home in Sussex, England.
Beyond warning students about rape, the rape-crisis movement produces its own images of sexual behavior, in which men exert pressure and women resist.
With No Power to Enforce Behavior Town Shifts Focus to Re-Development.
Various behaviors increase the risk of a driver being in a crash or near-crash.
Pet insurance claims reveal the outrageous behavior of our dogs and cats.
Declawing cats is a very painful and inhumane procedure and can lead to other behavior challenges such as aggression and inappropriate elimination.
Highly metropolitan, Chicago bars stay open until 4 am each night, enabling some pretty debaucherous behavior.
In stark contrast to overall improvements in consumer repayment behavior, student loan delinquencies and write-offs have increased significantly over the past 12 months.
Loyalty might seem to be an unarguably honorable trait, but like most examples of moral behavior, it turns out to be a relative concept.
Why is there so little examination of the life experiences, beliefs and behaviors that lead some black women to be promiscuous and others to be celibate.
VIX depicting bear market behavior.
The messages in The Hunger Games of societal chaos, class segregation and inhumane treatment of people and animals due to the narcissistic behaviors of a sick chosen might be explained in the book.
Brain MRI study suggests so, but that doesn't necessarily equate to violent behavior.

In science:

The average behavior with hz (h)i and typical interface behavior with ¯z (h) do not coincide, since the asymptotic h → 0 limit is dominated by the near-degeneracy of the ground state.
Energy landscapes in random systems, driven interfaces and wetting
The way in which the solid line runs alongside the simulation results supports the view that the log-oscillatory behavior of SN (t) mainly comes from the log-oscillatory behavior of V0 .
I. Territory covered by N random walkers on deterministic fractals. The Sierpinski gasket
The logarithmic asymptotic behavior is clearly confirmed in Fig. 4(a), but the random manifold behavior is still strongly effected by finite size effects.
A periodic elastic medium in which periodicity is relevant
Using the results of Ref. 6, it is a simple matter to obtain the full crossover from the RS-like behavior of the structure factor in the regime 1 ≪ Γω < ∼ Γδ to the behavior characteristic of the RD phase in the regime Γω ≫ Γδ .
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
As shown in Fig. 2 the MC data refer to a quadratic behavior for small P values, meanwhile the k-point approximations predict linear behavior with a coefficient decreasing when k is increased.
Branching annihilating random walk on random regular graphs