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BEHAVIOR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does behavior mean? 

BEHAVIOR (noun)
  The noun BEHAVIOR has 4 senses:

1. manner of acting or controlling yourself
2. the action or reaction of something (as a machine or substance) under specified circumstances
3. (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people
4. (psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation

  Familiarity information: BEHAVIOR used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BEHAVIOR (noun)


Sense 1behavior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Manner of acting or controlling yourself

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

behavior; conduct; doings; behaviour

Hypernyms ("behavior" is a kind of...):

activity (any specific behavior)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "behavior"):

aggression (deliberately unfriendly behavior)

bohemianism (conduct characteristic of a bohemian)

dirty pool (conduct that is unfair or unethical or unsportsmanlike)

dirty tricks (underhand commercial or political behavior designed to discredit an opponent)

discourtesy; offence; offense; offensive activity (a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others)

easiness (the quality of being easy in behavior or style)

the way of the world; the ways of the world (the manner in which people typically behave or things typically happen)


Sense 2behavior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The action or reaction of something (as a machine or substance) under specified circumstances

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

behaviour; behavior

Context example:

the behavior of small particles can be studied in experiments

Hypernyms ("behavior" is a kind of...):

action; activeness; activity (the state of being active)


Sense 3behavior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

deportment; demeanour; demeanor; conduct; behaviour; behavior

Hypernyms ("behavior" is a kind of...):

trait (a distinguishing feature of your personal nature)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "behavior"):

manners (social deportment)

citizenship (conduct as a citizen)

swashbuckling (flamboyantly reckless and boastful behavior)

correctitude; properness; propriety (correct or appropriate behavior)

improperness; impropriety (an improper demeanor)

manner; personal manner (a way of acting or behaving)


Sense 4behavior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

behaviour; behavior

Hypernyms ("behavior" is a kind of...):

activity (any specific behavior)

Domain category:

psychological science; psychology (the science of mental life)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "behavior"):

territoriality (the behavior of a male animal that defines and defends its territory)


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