- The way an animal or human acts
- The way matter moves.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
BEHAVIOR, n. Conduct, as determined, not by principle, but by
breeding. The word seems to be somewhat loosely used in Dr. Jamrach
Holobom's translation of the following lines from the Dies Irae:
Recordare, Jesu pie,
Quod sum causa tuae viae.
Ne me perdas illa die.
Pray remember, sacred Savior,
Whose the thoughtless hand that gave your
Death-blow. Pardon such behavior.
- 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
Be*hav"ior (&?;), n. Manner of behaving,
whether good or bad; mode of conducting one's self; conduct; deportment;
carriage; -- used also of inanimate objects; as, the behavior of a
ship in a storm; the behavior of the magnetic needle.
A gentleman that is very singular in his
To be upon one's good behavior, To be put upon
one's good behavior, to be in a state of trial, in which
something important depends on propriety of conduct. -- During
good behavior, while (or so long as) one conducts one's self
with integrity and fidelity or with propriety.
Syn. -- Bearing; demeanor; manner. -- Behavior,
Conduct. Behavior is the mode in which we have or
bear ourselves in the presence of others or toward them;
conduct is the mode of our carrying ourselves forward in the
concerns of life. Behavior respects our manner of acting in
particular cases; conduct refers to the general tenor of our
actions. We may say of soldiers, that their conduct had been
praiseworthy during the whole campaign, and their behavior admirable
in every instance when they met the enemy.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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