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behaviour

noun
     
be‧hav‧iour S2 W1 British English ; behavior American English [uncountable]
1 the things that a person or animal doesCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
good/bad behaviour violent/aggressive/criminal etc behaviour human/social behaviour pattern of behaviour/behaviour pattern behaviour problem (=when someone often behaves badly) change/modify your behaviour influence somebody's behaviour
It is important to reward good behaviour.
The headmaster will not tolerate bad behaviour.
behaviour towards
She complained of her boss's inappropriate behavior towards her.
Can TV violence cause aggressive behavior?
We are trying to understand the causes of criminal behaviour.
the effects of alcohol on human behaviour
the boundaries of acceptable social behavior
common animal behavior patterns
It's hard to change your behaviour, even harder to keep it changed.
They argued that the presence of TV cameras at the trial influenced the behavior of attorneys, witnesses, and jurors.
2

be on your best behaviour

to behave as well and politely as you can in order to please someone:
I want you both to be on your best behaviour at Grandad's.
3 the things that something in science normally does
behaviour of
the behaviour of human chromosomes
behavioural adjective:
behavioural science
behaviourally adverb

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