Behaviour vs Expression - What's the difference?

behaviour | expression |

As nouns the difference between behaviour and expression

is that behaviour is the way a living creature behaves or acts while expression is a particular way of phrasing an idea.



Alternative forms

* (US) * (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • The way a living creature behaves or acts.
  • She can't stop the strange behaviour because she has OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).
  • * 2014 , A teacher, " Choosing a primary school: a teacher's guide for parents", The Guardian , 23 September 2014:
  • Teachers will probably be on their best behaviour for your visit – but don't be upset if they don't even notice you; they've got enough going on.
  • The way a device or system operates.
  • Usage notes

    * Adjectives often applied to "behaviour" include: human, animal, physical, chemical, mechanical, electrical, organizational, corporate, social, collective, parental, interpersonal, sexual, criminal, appropriate, inappropriate, correct, incorrect, right, wrong, good, bad, acceptable, unacceptable, poor, ethical, unethical, moral, immoral, responsible, irresponsible, normal, odd, deviant, abnormal, violent, abusive, aggressive, offensive, defensive, rude, stupid, undesirable, verbal, nonverbal, learned, professional, unprofessional, adaptive, compulsive, questionable, assertive, disgusting, self-destructive.

    Derived terms

    * human behaviour



    (en noun)
  • A particular way of phrasing an idea.
  • A colloquialism or idiom.
  • A facial appearance usually associated with an emotion.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=9 citation , passage=Eustace gaped at him in amazement. When his urbanity dropped away from him, as now, he had an innocence of expression which was almost infantile. It was as if the world had never touched him at all.}}
  • (mathematics) An arrangement of symbols denoting values, operations performed on them, and grouping symbols.
  • (biology) The process of translating a gene into a protein.
  • (programming) A piece of code in a high-level language that returns a value.
  • Of a mother, the process of expressing milk.
  • Derived terms

    * arithmetic expression * linguistic expression * logical expression * regular expression * expression pedal


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