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[bih-heyv-yer] /bɪˈheɪv yər/
noun, Chiefly British
Usage note
See -or1. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for behaviour
  • behaviour that's admired is the path to power among people everywhere.
  • If you give her a good grade, you reward her bad behaviour.
  • Changes in individual behaviour are indeed important, it has a ripple effect.
  • That's the point of the article: public education to start changing behaviour.
  • The behaviour and lifestyle of the salamander remain a mystery.
  • Set up to promote courtesy and considerate social behaviour.
  • For intellectuals, far from being highly individualistic and non-conformist people, follow certain regular patterns of behaviour.
  • Nothing upsets voters more than anti-social behaviour.
  • Time is of course, not far when a nuclear chemist will explain sun's behaviour and the composition of solar wind.
  • Because a treaty is made between sovereign nations, it needs to include incentives to persuade countries to alter their behaviour.
British Dictionary definitions for behaviour


manner of behaving or conducting oneself
on one's best behaviour, behaving with careful good manners
  1. the aggregate of all the responses made by an organism in any situation
  2. 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
Derived Forms
behavioural, (US) behavioral, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from behave; influenced in form by Middle English havior, from Old French havoir, from Latin habēre to have
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Word Origin and History for behaviour

chiefly British English spelling of behavior; for suffix, see -or.

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