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manner of behaving or acting.
Psychology, Animal Behavior.

observable activity in a human or animal.
the aggregate of responses to internal and external stimuli.
a stereotyped, species-specific activity, as a courtship dance or startle reflex.

Often, behaviors. a behavior pattern.
the action or reaction of any material under given circumstances:
the behavior of tin under heat.
Contemporary Examples

Beirut Letter: In Lebanon, Fighting ISIS With Culture and Satire Kim Ghattas September 21, 2014
Margaret Thatcher Sounded the Alarm on Climate Change David Frum April 7, 2013
Margaret Thatcher Sounded the Alarm on Climate Change David Frum April 7, 2013
British Candidate Receives Death Threats for Tweeting Prophet Mohammed Cartoon The Telegraph January 22, 2014
Dutch Queen Abdicates Tom Sykes April 29, 2013

Historical Examples

A Syrup of the Bees Anonymous
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
A History of the English Church in New Zealand Henry Thomas Purchas
Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
The Methods of Glass Blowing and of Working Silica in the Oxy-Gas Flame W. A. Shenstone

manner of behaving or conducting oneself
on one’s best behaviour, behaving with careful good manners

the aggregate of all the responses made by an organism in any situation
a specific response of a certain organism to a specific stimulus or group of stimuli

the action, reaction, or functioning of a system, under normal or specified circumstances

be·hav’ior·al adj.

see: on one’s best behavior


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