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noun [uncountable] behaviour pronunciation in British English /bɪˈheɪvjə(r)/ 
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singularbehaviour
pluralbehaviours
 
  1. 1
    the way that someone behaves

    Anna was sick of her brother's behaviour.

    Injury to the brain often produces changes in behaviour.

    observations of animal behaviour

    governments seeking to influence voter behaviour

    violent/aggressive/disruptive behaviour

    ways of teaching parents to deal with problem behaviour

    behaviour towards:

    I was shocked by his behaviour towards his family.

    pattern of behaviour:

    the patterns of social behaviour that we learn

    1. a.
      [countable] a particular way of behaving

      These behaviours should be discouraged.

  2. 2
    science the way that a substance, metal etc always reacts because of the laws of science

    Scientists are studying the behaviour of the new gas.

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