Definition of well behaved in English:

well behaved

adjective

  • 1Conducting oneself in an appropriate manner.

    ‘the crowd was very well behaved’
    • ‘Uncharacteristically reticent tonight, Dan seems to be assuming yet another identity: the polite, well-behaved son.’
    • ‘She said: ‘He was a very polite, well-behaved and quiet young boy.’’
    • ‘Most of the people on the slopes were Austrians, and they were impeccably well-behaved and courteous.’
    • ‘Of course there are many well-behaved classes, efficiently disciplined by dedicated teachers.’
    • ‘Now I spent the day in a town of 120,000, about 100 miles from Moscow called Clean, and I have never seen such well-mannered, such well-behaved and such ardent voters.’
    • ‘‘I took most of the calls, and the people were very polite and well-behaved,’ said Meier.’
    • ‘They are all polite, well-behaved and well-motivated lads and their neighbours of all generations are proud of them.’
    • ‘We all have a responsibility to deal with people who are drunk and to make sure when bars close people leave in a well-behaved manner.’
    • ‘Whenever we go anywhere with them people remark on the fact that they are really polite and well-behaved.’
    • ‘The end, which is to bring up well-behaved, considerate and law-abiding citizens, justifies the means a thousand-fold.’
    • ‘They described him as a well-behaved, shy boy with good manners and an angelic face.’
    • ‘These fine young gentleman were well-behaved and very mannerly.’
    • ‘My charming, loving, sweet, gentle, handsome, well-behaved son had emptied a bottle of nail polish remover.’
    • ‘If you encounter children who are well-behaved, considerate, remarkable, tell the parents how much you appreciate their commitment to raising these kinds of kids.’
    • ‘The crowd at The Roxy was uniformly young, well-coiffed, and well-behaved.’
    well mannered, polite, civil, courteous, respectful, deferential, obedient, gentlemanly, chivalrous, gallant, ladylike, genteel, cultivated, gracious, obliging, considerate, thoughtful, urbane, civilized, well spoken, formal, proper, decorous, refined, polished, well brought up
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    1. 1.1 (of a computer program) communicating with hardware via standard operating system calls rather than directly and therefore able to be used on different machines.
      • ‘We can handle this with something all well-behaved Linux programs have: Input / Output redirection.’
      • ‘The same rule applies if you want to have just one well-behaved X application in the other screen.’
      • ‘It is not a well-behaved app and I just avoid any media that requires it now - and it will not be gracing my system anytime soon.’
      • ‘And it assumes that applications are well-behaved enough to use the protection facilities in the operating system.’

Pronunciation

well behaved

/welbɪˈheɪvd/