Definition of misbehavior in English:


(British misbehaviour)


  • The action of misbehaving; bad behavior.

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