well-behaved

behave

[bih-heyv]
verb (used without object), behaved, behaving.
1.
to act in a particular way; conduct or comport oneself or itself: The ship behaves well.
2.
to act properly: Did the child behave?
3.
to act or react under given circumstances: This plastic behaves strangely under extreme heat or cold.
verb (used with object), behaved, behaving.
4.
to conduct or comport (oneself) in a proper manner: Sit quietly and behave yourself.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English behaven (reflexive). See be-, have

unbehaving, adjective
well-behaved, adjective


1. perform, acquit oneself, deport oneself.
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behave (bɪˈheɪv)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to act or function in a specified or usual way
2.  to conduct (oneself) in a specified way: he behaved badly towards her
3.  to conduct (oneself) properly or as desired: the child behaved himself all day
 
[C15: see be-, have]

well-behaved
 
adj
conducting oneself in a satisfactory manner

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behave
early 15c., from be- intensive prefix + have; the sense is "to have or bear (oneself) in a particular way, comport" (cf. Ger. sich behaben, Fr. se porter). Cognate O.E. compound behabban meant "to contain," though the modern sense of behave could have
evolved from behabban via a notion of "self-restraint."

well-behaved
1598, from well (adv.) + pp. of behave.
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well-behaved

adj.
1. [primarily MS-DOS] Said of software conforming to system interface guidelines and standards. Well-behaved software uses the operating system to do chores such as keyboard input, allocating memory and drawing graphics. Oppose ill-behaved.
2. Software that does its job quietly and without counterintuitive effects. Esp. said of software having an interface spec sufficiently simple and well-defined that it can be used as a tool by other software. See cat.
3. Said of an algorithm that doesn't crash or blow up, even when given pathological input. Implies that the stability of the algorithm is intrinsic, which makes this somewhat different from bulletproof.
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well-behaved definition


1. [primarily MS-DOS] Said of software conforming to system interface guidelines and standards. Well-behaved software uses the operating system to do chores such as keyboard input, allocating memory and drawing graphics. Oppose ill-behaved.
2. Software that does its job quietly and without counterintuitive effects. Especially said of software having an interface spec sufficiently simple and well-defined that it can be used as a tool by other software. See cat.
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