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 for behavior
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Behavior \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.
     [1913 Webster]
           A gentleman that is very singular in his behavior.
     [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
     Syn: Bearing; demeanor; manner.
     Usage: 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
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: manner of acting or controlling yourself [syn: behavior,
           behaviour, conduct, doings]
      2: the action or reaction of something (as a machine or
         substance) under specified circumstances; "the behavior of
         small particles can be studied in experiments" [syn:
         behavior, behaviour]
      3: (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other
         people [syn: demeanor, demeanour, behavior,
         behaviour, conduct, deportment]
      4: (psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or
         movements made by an organism in any situation [syn:
         behavior, behaviour]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  44 Moby Thesaurus words for "behavior":
     Pavlovian conditioning, act, acting, action, actions, activism,
     activity, bearing, comportment, conditioned response, conditioning,
     conduct, demeanor, deportment, doing, employment, exercise,
     function, functioning, instrumental conditioning, manner, manners,
     mien, movements, negative reinforcement, occupation,
     operant conditioning, operation, operations, play,
     positive reinforcement, practice, praxis, psychagogy, reeducation,
     reflex, reinforcement, reorientation, swing, unconditioned reflex,
     way, work, working, workings

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  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.

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