behavior: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (bi-hāv'yur), [key]
— n.
  1. manner of behaving or acting.
    1. observable activity in a human or animal.
    2. the aggregate of responses to internal and external stimuli.
    3. a stereotyped, species-specific activity, as a courtship dance or startle reflex.
  2. Often,a behavior pattern.
  3. the action or reaction of any material under given circumstances: the behavior of tin under heat.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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