Definition of misbehavior in US English:


(British misbehaviour)


  • The action of misbehaving; bad behavior.

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