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[kuh m-pawrt-muh nt, -pohrt-] /kəmˈpɔrt mənt, -ˈpoʊrt-/
personal bearing or conduct; demeanor; behavior.
Origin of comportment
1590-1600; < Middle French comportement. See comport1, -ment
See behavior. Unabridged
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  • In some circles, of course, this is regarded as the comportment of visionaries.
  • The government has even turned its attention to such details as student dress and comportment.
  • The candidate truly was outstanding in comportment and credentials, and he was recognized as such by the search committee.
  • So different-in age, colouring and comportment-they nevertheless share some connection.
  • It should be emphasized that the problem remained one of comportment.
  • The term for such poor comportment-flaming-became one of the first bits of net jargon to enter common usage.
  • Trouble is, it wasn't supposed to be public, so maybe the expectations for presidential comportment should be relaxed.
  • The other examines his decidedly unnatural comportment in the presence of ordinary people.
  • We proceeded with the pat-down, which he conducted with all courtesy and professional comportment.
  • He would retain this conscientious and considerate trait, this regard for comportment, till the end of his life.
British Dictionary definitions for comportment


conduct; bearing
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Word Origin and History for comportment

c.1600, from Middle French comportement "bearing, behavior," from comporter (13c.) "to be disposed, arranged, laid out," from Latin comportare (see comport).

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