behaviour

[bih-heyv-yer]
noun Chiefly British.

See -or1.
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behaviour or behavior (bɪˈheɪvjə)
 
n
1.  manner of behaving or conducting oneself
2.  on one's best behaviour behaving with careful good manners
3.  psychol
 a.  the aggregate of all the responses made by an organism in any situation
 b.  a specific response of a certain organism to a specific stimulus or group of stimuli
4.  the action, reaction, or functioning of a system, under normal or specified circumstances
 
[C15: from behave; influenced in form by Middle English havior, from Old French havoir, from Latin habēre to have]
 
behavior or behavior
 
n
 
[C15: from behave; influenced in form by Middle English havior, from Old French havoir, from Latin habēre to have]
 
be'havioural or behavior
 
adj
 
be'havioral or behavior
 
adj

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behaviour
British spelling of behavior; for suffix, see -or.
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Example sentences for behaviours
Many animals when kept in captivity, such as in zoos, display abnormal behaviours.
Such unnatural behaviours are known as stereotypic behaviours.
The stage mentalist ostensibly mimics these supernatural behaviours by natural means.
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