See also: behaviour

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From Middle English behavoure, behaver, from behave, with -ior apparently in imitation of English havior, haviour, havour. Compare Scots havings (behavior), from have (to behave). Displaced Old English ġebǣru.

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behavior (usually uncountable, plural behaviors) (American spelling)

  1. (uncountable) Human conduct relative to social norms.
  2. (countable, uncountable) The way a living creature behaves or acts generally.
  3. (uncountable, informal) A state of probation about one's conduct.
    He was on his best behavior when her family visited.
  4. (countable, uncountable, biology, psychology) Observable response produced by an organism.
  5. (uncountable) The way a device or system operates.

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