Behaviour vs Trait - What's the difference?

behaviour | trait |

As a noun behaviour

is the way a living creature behaves or acts.

As a verb trait is




Alternative forms

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(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



    (wikipedia trait)


    (en noun)
  • an identifying characteristic, habit or trend
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  • The number one personality trait I hate is hypocrisy. Why can't you be consistent!?
  • (computing, programming) In object-oriented programming, an uninstantiable collection of methods that provides functionality to a class by using the class’s own interface.
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * character trait


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