Definition of misbehavior in English:


(British misbehaviour)


  • The action of misbehaving; bad behavior.

    ‘he had denied all sexual misbehavior’
    • ‘The child can change if he understands the errors of his misbehavior and has the courage to try new and more socially acceptable ways.’
    • ‘There are well-supported recommendations to consider when responding to student misbehavior.’
    • ‘But they have not given anywhere near enough attention to the obvious link between excessive alcohol consumption, and player misbehaviour.’
    • ‘It may be helpful to discuss misbehavior with a family counselor.’
    • ‘I am indeed guilty of gross misjudgment and misbehaviour, and must beg your forgiveness and the forgiveness of everybody concerned.’
    • ‘Disorder and misbehaviour by persons participating should necessitate further careful consideration by the police as to whether the procession could be repeated.’
    • ‘An atmosphere of trust encourages people to look at themselves in a positive way - which is obviously the most effective way of preventing misbehavior.’
    • ‘The media undoubtedly gloat over celebrity misbehaviour with children.’
    • ‘Many people feel intimidated by overt and perceived misbehaviour in public spaces.’
    • ‘Permanent exclusions very often come as a result of a long history of misbehaviour by pupils in school.’
    • ‘Legislation also gives the Minister, in extreme cases, power to remove regulators because of stated misbehaviour.’
    • ‘The charges have usually involved corruption or serious misbehavior on the bench.’
    • ‘The board is responsible for ensuring all children receive an appropriate education, including those who are suspended or expelled from school for misbehaviour.’
    • ‘The prosecution of misbehavior in the Army Reserve is complicated by several factors.’
    • ‘In the meantime, you still have until tonight to submit your stories of shameful misbehaviour.’
    • ‘Children are not, themselves, consciously aware of the purpose of their misbehavior.’
    • ‘Falsely claiming that someone (or the majority of some group) is rooting for the bad guys in a war is indeed pretty egregious misbehavior.’
    • ‘The Army Cadet Force has said anyone found guilty of misbehaviour will be sent home immediately.’
    • ‘These boys, contrary to early claims made by grubby politicians, were not guilty of misbehaviour of any kind.’
    • ‘Disaffected from school, he was getting into trouble for defiance and misbehavior in and out of school.’
    bad behaviour, misconduct, disorderly conduct, badness, naughtiness, disobedience, mischief, mischievousness, delinquency
    misdeed, misdemeanour
    bad manners, poor manners, rudeness, fooling around
    carryings-on, acting-up, shenanigans
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