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adulterous behavior

Actions that bely not only an unfaithfulness to one's spouse, but also a propensity toward deceit and licentiousness in general. I suspect that Ollie has been engaging in adulterous behavior recently. I wonder if his husband has picked up on it.
See also: behavior

ape (someone's) behavior

To mimic the behavior of someone, generally in a mocking or derisive manner. It is pretty standard now for comedians to ape the president's behavior and manner of speech.
See also: ape, behavior

be on (one's) good behavior

To be very polite or exercising exceptionally good manners. Primarily heard in US. Now, you kids must be on your good behavior for your Auntie this weekend! Good morning, class. I hope everyone was on their good behavior for the substitute teacher yesterday.
See also: behavior, good, on

be on (one's) best behavior

To be very polite or exercise exceptionally good manners. Primarily heard in US. Now, you kids must be on your best behavior for your Auntie this weekend! Good morning, class. I hope everyone was on their best behavior for the substitute teacher yesterday.
See also: behavior, on

on (one's) good behavior

Being very polite or exercising exceptionally good manners. Primarily heard in US. Now, you kids must be on your good behavior for your Auntie this weekend! Good morning, class. I hope everyone was on their good behavior for the substitute teacher yesterday.
See also: behavior, good, on

on one's best behavior

being as polite as possible. When we went out, the children were on their best behavior. I try to be on my best behavior all the time.
See also: behavior, on

*time off for good behavior

 
1. Lit. a reduction in one's prison sentence because of good behavior. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) Bob will get out of jail tomorrow rather than next week. He got time off for good behavior.
2. Fig. a shortened time period—such a meeting, period of punishment, school class, etc. (Jocular. *Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) They let me out of the meeting early. They said I got time off for good behavior.
See also: behavior, good, off, time

on your best behavior

not causing any difficulties The two candidates were on their best behavior, giving serious answers to questions from a group of citizens.
Usage notes: usually used to refer to children, but also often used to describe the actions of adults in uncomfortable situations
See also: behavior, on

be on your best behaviour

  (British & Australian) also be on your best behavior (American & Australian)
to behave very well, usually because you are in an important or formal situation Now children, I want you all to be on your best behaviour when grandma arrives.
See also: behaviour, on

on one's best behavior

Also, on one's good behavior. Very polite, as in Mother told the children to be on their best behavior during Grandma's visit, or The whole staff were on their good behavior while the client inspected the premises. [Late 1600s]
See also: behavior, on
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Managers and their subordinates may be stimulated to produce layer upon layer of effective communication by identifying important practices and behaviors for sustaining their work relationships.
With respect to substance abuse, the use of alcohol and other drugs was among the four risk behaviors of concern among adolescents during the 1990s and continue to be major public health concerns today.
Adolescent victimization and associated suicidal and violent behaviors.
Sometimes leaders have to demonstrate that they are serious about their demands for new innovative behaviors by providing an example of what can happen to those who fail to comply.
Establishing priorities among possible health-promoting behaviors, and between these behaviors and the rest of one's life, is the next step.
However, if that same instructor modeled the shaping procedure in an animal shelter and then encouraged the students to perform it on their own, the students would very likely develop a deeper understanding of the use of the procedure and of its value in shaping truly desirable behaviors.
Active confirmation process is here defined as the father enacting meaningful behaviors for which he is appraised.
From formative and summative interviews with staff members and youth, and from observations of the youth behaviors, it became clear that youth were gaining greater access to what they wanted and needed than prior to their involvement in the process.
The classical perspective alleges that criminal behavior involves a rational, calculated choice to achieve the maximum amount of pleasure with the minimum amount of pain.
Competency in procedures that can decrease the occurrence of challenging behaviors.
Results of studies linking blood donation behavior to identity theory have demonstrated that salience of the blood donor role, defining oneself as a blood donor, social relationships tied to blood donation, and others' expectations to donate were all found to predict both previous and future blood donation behaviors (Callero, 1985; Callero, Howard, & Piliavin, 1987).
Whereas Tyler (1978) criticized the vocational behavior literature for concentrating on middle-class men, Fitzgerald, Fassinger, and Betz (1995) asserted that the study of women's career development was probably the most active and vibrant area of vocational psychology research and theory from the 1970s to the early 1990s.
Sato, Critical behaviors and 1/f noise in information traffic, Physica A 233, 824-834 (1996).
Participants (N = 15) included ten graduate psychology students in an Applied Behavior Analysis course at a medium-sized, comprehensive New York State college, and five on- and off-site Bachelor-level behavior specialists from a local, nonprofit agency.