noun Etymology: alteration of Middle English behavour, from behaven Date: 15th century 1. a. the manner of conducting oneself b. anything that an organism does involving action and response to stimulation c. the response of an individual, group, or species to its environment 2. the way in which someone behaves; also an instance of such behavior 3. the way in which something functions or operates • behavioral adjectivebehaviorally adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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