AskDefine | Define deportment

Dictionary Definition

deportment n : (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people [syn: demeanor, demeanour, behavior, behaviour, conduct]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. bearing; manner of presenting oneself:
    Her deportment impressed her interviewers.
  2. conduct; public behavior:
    Their deportment changed visibly as the policeman approached.
  3. apparent level of schooling or training:
    His academic deportment did not match his degree record.
  4. self-discipline:
    The nun's deportment reflected her vocation.

Extensive Definition

Behavior or behaviour (see spelling differences) refers to the actions or reactions of an organism, usually in relation to the environment. Behavior can be conscious or unconscious, overt or covert, and voluntary or involuntary. In animals, behavior is controlled by the endocrine system and the nervous system. The complexity of the behavior of an organism is related to the complexity of its nervous system. Generally, organisms with complex nervous systems have a greater capacity to learn new responses and thus adjust their behavior. Human behavior (and that of other organisms and mechanisms) can be common, unusual, acceptable, or unacceptable. Humans evaluate the acceptability of behavior using social norms and regulate behavior by means of social control. Animal behavior is studied in comparative psychology, ethology, behavioral ecology and sociobiology.
Ronald J. Konopka and Seymour Benzer of Caltech were the first to establish the genetic basis of behavior, when they isolated three circadian rhythm mutants in Drosophila melanogaster which were later mapped to a single gene Period, .
Ethograms are used for studies on behavior.
deportment in Arabic: سلوك
deportment in Bulgarian: Поведение
deportment in Catalan: Comportament
deportment in Czech: Chování
deportment in Danish: Adfærd
deportment in German: Verhalten (Biologie)
deportment in Spanish: Comportamiento
deportment in Esperanto: Konduto
deportment in French: Comportement
deportment in Galician: Comportamento
deportment in Icelandic: Hegðun
deportment in Italian: Comportamento
deportment in Hebrew: התנהגות
deportment in Hungarian: Viselkedés
deportment in Dutch: Gedrag
deportment in Japanese: 行動
deportment in Norwegian: Atferd
deportment in Norwegian Nynorsk: Åtferd
deportment in Polish: Zachowanie
deportment in Portuguese: Comportamento
deportment in Romanian: Comportament
deportment in Russian: Поведение
deportment in Simple English: Behavior
deportment in Serbian: Понашање
deportment in Swedish: Beteende
deportment in Ukrainian: Поведінка
deportment in Urdu: سلوک
deportment in Chinese: 行為

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

action, actions, activity, acts, address, affectation, air, bearing, behavior, behavior pattern, behavioral norm, behavioral science, carriage, comportment, conduct, culture pattern, custom, demeanor, doing, doings, folkway, gestures, goings-on, guise, maintien, manner, manners, method, methodology, methods, mien, modus vivendi, motions, movements, moves, observable behavior, pattern, poise, port, pose, posture, practice, praxis, presence, procedure, proceeding, set, social science, style, tactics, tone, way, way of life, ways
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