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behavior

noun actions, air, bearing, beliefs, carriage, character, comportment, conduct, consuetude, course, course of conduct, course of life, decorum, demeanor, habituation, habitude, inveteracy, line of conduct, manner, manner of life, manners, matter of course, mien, mode of action, mores, personal bearing, presence, propriety, ritual, ritualism, routine, way of acting, way of life
Associated concepts: bad behavior, contemptuous behavior, good behavior, indecent behavior
Foreign phrases: Ad vitam aut culpam.For life, or until guilty of misbehavior. De bono gestu. For or during good behavior.
See also: conduct, custom, demeanor, deportment, manner, modus operandi, practice, presence, procedure, protocol, way
References in classic literature ?
The tenure by which the judges are to hold their places, is, as it unquestionably ought to be, that of good behavior.
It was the same pretty little bird, with the purple wings and body, the yellow legs, the golden collar round its neck, and the crown-like tuft upon its head, whose behavior had so much surprised Ulysses.
The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good behavior, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.
For there is nothing settled in manners, but the laws of behavior yield to the energy of the individual.
Their behavior was often grotesquely irrational; their conventions monstrously absurd; and yet, as she brooded upon them, she felt so closely attached to them that it was useless to try to pass judgment upon them.
Talk about the weather and other well-bred topics is apt to seem a hollow device, and behavior can hardly become easy unless it frankly recognizes a mutual fascination--which of course need not mean anything deep or serious.
From a letter of my great-grandmother's written to a stubborn daughter upon some unfilial behavior, like running away to be married, I suspect that she was fond of the high-colored fiction of her day, for she tells the wilful child that she has "planted a dagger in her mother's heart," and I should not be surprised if it were from this fine-languaged lady that my grandfather derived his taste for poetry rather than from his father, who was of a worldly wiser mind.
On promise of good behavior Jinjur was likewise released.
The growing friendship of the three families, the engagement of Harold Denver with Clara Walker, the engagement of Charles Westmacott with her sister, the dangerous fascination which the widow exercised over the Doctor, the preposterous behavior of the Walker girls and the unhappiness which they had caused their father, not one of these incidents escaped the notice of the two maiden ladies.
Nothing but establish a reputation for mild behavior.
All her t'ankless behavior to her mudder an' all her badness?
All this seemed to me singularly considerate and delicate behavior on the part of Mr.