See also: well behaved

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From well +‎ behaved.

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  • IPA(key): /wɛlbɪˈheɪvd/, /wɛlbəˈheɪvd/
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well-behaved (comparative better-behaved or more well-behaved, superlative best-behaved or most well-behaved)

  1. Having good manners and acting properly; conforming to standards of good behaviour.
    The boy is well-behaved and is seldom naughty.
    • 1842, [Katherine] Thomson, chapter II, in Widows and Widowers. A Romance of Real Life., volume II, London: Richard Bentley, [], →OCLC, page 35:
      How bright were the fire-irons; how clean the Dutch riles round the old-fashioned fire-place, how well-behaved even the cat.
    • 1986, InfoWorld, volume 8, number 43, page 69:
      Remember that well-behaved software always keeps its hands off the computer's hardware.
  2. (mathematics) Having intuitive, easy to handle properties, especially: having a finite derivative of all orders at all points, and having no discontinuities.

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