• WordNet 3.6
    • n behaviour manner of acting or controlling yourself
    • n behaviour (psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation
    • n behaviour (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people
    • n behaviour 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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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Behaviour (be-hāv′yür) conduct: manners or deportment, esp. good manners: general course of life: treatment of others
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Formed, according to Dr Murray, in 15th century from be- and Have; apparently unconnected with A.S. behabban.


In literature:

Wheatley and I were talking the matter over as we rode along, and endeavouring to account for the strange behaviour of Holingsworth.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
When in possession of the facts, he commented firstly on the behaviour of the chaplain.
"The Bishop's Secret" by Fergus Hume
John Rosewarne, like a true Briton, venerated rank, and had a Briton's instinct for the behaviour proper to rank.
"Shining Ferry" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
And for the former, a glance at the man's face tells that neither is insanity the cause of his cruel behaviour to his horse.
"Gaspar the Gaucho" by Mayne Reid
I was beginning to draw hope from the behaviour of the slave-captain and his mate.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
Her majesty the lioness, however, was not pleased, it appears, with the behaviour of her children.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Talleyrand was deeply affected at this behaviour of the Duke.
"The Greville Memoirs (Second Part)" by Charles C. F. Greville
There was a marked improvement in her behaviour and the members of her household drew a long breath of relief.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
Blackguards both, as their behaviour has shown them.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
But trust me, I shall now be on my guard, since my behaviour has already appeared strange.
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle

In poetry:

Owning her weakness,
Her evil behaviour,
And leaving, with meekness,
Her sins to her Saviour!
"The Bridge of Sighs" by Thomas Hood
'Twill be said when ye have proved,
Never swains more truly loved:
Oh then fly all nice behaviour!
Pity fain would (as her duty)
Be attending still on Beauty,
Let her not be out of favour.
"A Song" by William Browne of Tavistock
For being so blest as to come to our Saviour,
How deep in their innocent hearts it must sink!
'Twas a visit divine; a most holy behaviour
Must flow from that spring of which then they did drink.
"Suffer Little Children, And Forbid Them Not, To Come Unto Me" by Charles Lamb
He was of a delicate constitution all his life,
And he was his mother's favourite, and very kind to his wife,
And he had also a particular liking for his child,
And in his behaviour he was very mild.
"The Death of Prince Leopold" by William Topaz McGonagall
I do not recommend a newly-married pair to try
To carry on as PETER carried on with SARAH BLIGH,
But still their shy behaviour was more laudable in them
Than that of PETER'S brother with MISS SARAH'S sister EM.
"The Modest Couple" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Then he thought he would take a voyage home to his friends,
And for his bad behaviour towards them he would make some amends;
For he hadn't seen them for many years,
And when he thought of them he shed briny tears.
"A Summary History of Lord Clive" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

While stereotypes may enable rapid behavioural decisions with incomplete information, such biases can lead to conflicts and discrimination, especially because stereotypes can be implicit and automatic.
Treatment of sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) and behavioural interventions are the main methods to prevent HIV in developing countries.
Studies on clinical performance and fracture behaviour.
Already, he says, companies face a different world economy, and a need for different corporate behaviour, from anything they have seen in the past.
Holograms, no longer SciFi fantasy, have power to change perceptions, behaviour.
Rise above your sister-in-law's bad behaviour.
ADHD treatment 'may reduce risk of criminal behaviour'.
In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Cameron has gone so far as to create a Behavioural Insights Team, located in his Cabinet Office.
"These cartels for cathode ray tubes feature all the worst kinds of anti-competitive behaviour that are strictly forbidden to companies doing business in Europe," said EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia.
An animal behaviourist had scrutinized the male wasp and found — no behaviour.
The behaviour of users is often unpredictable and can, unwittingly, cause bottlenecks or delays.
Small dogs are often given a free pass for bad behaviour.
Police were called after neighbours reported nuisance behaviour outside a house in Billericay.
It's time to put an end to the gong show that is the Canadian Judicial Council's inquiry into the behaviour of Justice Lori Douglas.
"Feminine charm is a strategic behaviour aimed at making the person you are negotiating with feel good in order to get them to agree to your goals," Dr Kray told The Independent.

In science:

Here we can use older results describing the behaviour of highway drivers.
The statistical properties of the city transport in Cuernavaca (Mexico) and Random matrix ensembles
The ob ject of this paper is to discuss the physical interpretation of quantum behaviour of Schrodinger electron (SchEl) and bring to light on the cause for the Heisenberg convenient operator way of its describing, using the nonrelativistic quantum mechanics laws and its mathematical results.
Physical model of Schrodinger's electron. Heisenberg convenient way for description of its quantum behaviour
We assume that the vacuum fluctuations (VcmFlcs) through zero-point quantum electromagnetic field (QntElcMgnFld) perform an important role in a behaviour of the micro particles (MicrPrts).
Physical model of Schrodinger's electron. Heisenberg convenient way for description of its quantum behaviour
QntElcMgnFld) of all stochastic virtual photons (StchVrtPhtns), excited within the FlcVcm and existing within its neighborhood, which exercises a very power influence on its state and behaviour.
Physical model of Schrodinger's electron. Heisenberg convenient way for description of its quantum behaviour
Mathematical description of the physical cause ensuring the display of the QntMicrPrt behaviour.
Physical model of Schrodinger's electron. Heisenberg convenient way for description of its quantum behaviour