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behaviour

(US), behavior
Psychol
a. the aggregate of all the responses made by an organism in any situation
b. a specific response of a certain organism to a specific stimulus or group of stimuli

behaviour

  1. the alteration, movement or response of any entity, person or system acting within a particular context.
  2. (PSYCHOLOGY) the externally observable response of an animal or human organism to an environmental stimulus (see also BEHAVIOURISM).
An important distinction is often made in sociology between automatic forms of behaviour described in 2 (e.g. jumping up after sitting on a drawing pin) and intended ACTION, where social meanings and purposes are also involved.
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The authors are now using a similar approach to study potential connections between the ability to behave randomly and such things as cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases.
However, that being said, we never bring electronics with us, we rarely arrive at a restaurant after 6:30 p.m., and we make it clear to our children that we expect them to sit in their seats, have quiet conversation, and behave respectfully to us, the restaurant staff, and other diners.
"There's only so far you can go if they really kick off, you pull in and say 'until you behave yourself we won't pull off'.
It couldn't have been much fun for his parents but they allowed him to behave in this manner.
2 : to behave oneself in a certain way <He's been acting strangely.>
Goats that are not taught how to behave when they are young will have an unruly and "goat-like" temperament towards people when they are older.
Their study provides a glimpse of how the nanotubes might behave if released into a waterway.
And most of that gets done because his charming wife, The Memsaab, threatens to cut him off if he doesn't behave. She just has to say, "Listen to Mr.
They are behaving just like the cell phone companies described above, or like the general public wanted Amtrak to behave circa 1970.
If more parents took responsibility for their children and taught them right from wrong and how to behave in a civilised manner and not to blame others, such as the bus driver, then perhaps these young people would be better behaved.
Offering poor kids money in order to behave properly is just a victory for those who misbehave.
Nanotechnology is emerging in a wide variety of applications, yet unfortunately very little is known about the environmental implications of engineered nanomaterials, of possible ways to handle engineered nanomaterials as environmental pollutants, or of how nanomaterials behave in the environment when used for remediation.