Definition of well behaved in US English:

well behaved

adjective

  • 1Conducting oneself in an appropriate manner.

    ‘the crowd was very well behaved’
    • ‘Whenever we go anywhere with them people remark on the fact that they are really polite and well-behaved.’
    • ‘Most of the people on the slopes were Austrians, and they were impeccably well-behaved and courteous.’
    • ‘They described him as a well-behaved, shy boy with good manners and an angelic face.’
    • ‘Uncharacteristically reticent tonight, Dan seems to be assuming yet another identity: the polite, well-behaved son.’
    • ‘The crowd at The Roxy was uniformly young, well-coiffed, and well-behaved.’
    • ‘They are all polite, well-behaved and well-motivated lads and their neighbours of all generations are proud of them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My charming, loving, sweet, gentle, handsome, well-behaved son had emptied a bottle of nail polish remover.’
    • ‘These fine young gentleman were well-behaved and very mannerly.’
    • ‘‘I took most of the calls, and the people were very polite and well-behaved,’ said Meier.’
    • ‘Of course there are many well-behaved classes, efficiently disciplined by dedicated teachers.’
    • ‘She said: ‘He was a very polite, well-behaved and quiet young boy.’’
    • ‘The end, which is to bring up well-behaved, considerate and law-abiding citizens, justifies the means a thousand-fold.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
      • ‘And it assumes that applications are well-behaved enough to use the protection facilities in the operating system.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

well behaved

/welbɪˈheɪvd/