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01/12/2013

behavior

Filed under: Psychology,Terminology — anlactunay @ 6:28 AM

behavior
n.
1. The manner in which one acts or behaves.
2.
a. The actions or reactions of a person or animal in response to external or internal stimuli.
b. One of these actions or reactions: “a hormone … known to directly control sex-specific reproductive and parenting behaviors in a wide variety of vertebrates” (Thomas Maugh II).
3. The manner in which something functions or operates: the faulty behavior of a computer program; the behavior of dying stars.
http://ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=behavior
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plural be·hav·iors
1 : the way a person or animal acts or behaves [noncount] ? I’m surprised by her bad behavior toward her friends. ? Students will be rewarded for good behavior. ? scientists studying the behavior of elephants ? normal adolescent behavior ? criminal behavior ? an interesting pattern of behavior = an interesting behavior pattern ? The children were all on their best behavior [=were all behaving very well and politely] at the museum. ? Inmates may be released from prison early for good behavior. [=because they have followed prison rules and have not caused problems] [count] ? An acceptable social behavior in one country may be unacceptable in another country. ? Doctors are trying to educate people about behaviors that can put them at increased risk for skin cancer.
2 [noncount] : the way something (such as a machine or substance) moves, functions, or reacts
? The experiment tested the behavior of various metals under heat and pressure.
http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/behavior
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