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behaviour

[bih-heyv-yer] /bɪˈheɪv yər/
noun, Chiefly British
1.
Usage note
See -or1.
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Examples from the web 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.
British Dictionary definitions for behaviours

behaviour

/bɪˈheɪvjə/
noun
1.
manner of behaving or conducting oneself
2.
on one's best behaviour, behaving with careful good manners
3.
(psychol)
  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
4.
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 behaviours

behaviour

n.

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

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