behaviour


behaviour
(BrE) (AmE behavior) noun
ADJECTIVE
exemplary, good

He had his jail term cut for good behaviour.

acceptable
normal
bizarre, strange, suspicious

a report of suspicious behaviour

antisocial, bad, inappropriate, unacceptable, undesirable
addictive, delinquent, deviant, problem

Teachers can't always respond effectively to problem behaviour.

abusive, aggressive, criminal, disruptive, violent
high-risk, impulsive, risk-taking, risky, self-destructive, suicidal
adolescent, animal, human, sexual, social

the study of human behavior

courtship, maternal, mating, parental, parenting, territorial

Some birds display courtship behavior throughout the year.

VERB + BEHAVIOUR/BEHAVIOR
affect, control, influence, regulate, shape

Parents can influence the behaviour of their children.

alter, change, modify
display, exhibit, show

Animals in zoos often display disturbed behaviour.

analyse/analyze, examine, observe, study
excuse

I know you were upset, but that doesn't excuse your behaviour.

mimic, model

People often mimic the behaviour of their peers.

reinforce, reward

Parents should reinforce good behaviour.

BEHAVIOUR/BEHAVIOR + NOUN
pattern
modification
issues, problem
disorder, therapy (both esp. AmE)
PREPOSITION
behaviour towards/toward

his behaviour towards/toward his parents

PHRASES
behaviour and attitudes

a new study looking at the behaviour and attitudes of young men

be on your best behaviour (= to behave very well in order to impress sb)
a code of behaviour
a pattern of behaviour
standards of behaviour

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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