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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of behave.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Mannered; conducted: usually with some qualifying adverb: as, a well-behaved person.


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  • "Richard Colvin behaved as a straight-up-and-down person, completely honest and doing his job to the best of his abilities," the former official said.

    Torturegate North: the "6,000-mile screwdriver"

  • But then I also think that perhaps my idea of well-behaved is different than some of the other posters.

    The Illuminated Crowd | Her Bad Mother

  • At times he half-rose from his chair, and fell vacuously into it again; or he chuckled in the face of weighty, severely-worded instructions; tapped his chest, stretched his arms, yawned, and in short behaved so singularly that Richard observed it, and said: "On my soul, I don't think you know a word I'm saying."

    Ordeal of Richard Feverel — Volume 4

  • Had he advanced to take my hand; had he attempted consolation; had he, in short, behaved differently in the main from what he actually did, I cannot say what might have been the consequences.

    Miles Wallingford Sequel to "Afloat and Ashore"

  • They gave repeated shouts, thrust their arrows into their quivers, fired off their muskets, shook their spears, danced, laughed, sung, and cried in succession, and in short behaved like madmen.

    Life and Travels of Mungo Park in Central Africa

  • These scampered through his brain and tore up his heart and tumbled about in his throat and lungs, and maintained a furious harlequinade, and in short behaved in a way that was quite disgraceful, and that caused the poor young man alternately to amuse, annoy, astonish, and stun his comrades, who beheld the exterior results of those private theatricals, but had no conception of the terrific combats that took place so frequently on the stage within.

    The Wild Man of the West A Tale of the Rocky Mountains

  • … I’m looking for somewhere to add in a bit about the value of assimilation in the context of the quote “well behaved women never make history” and the ways in which being able to be ill-behaved is a privilege in itself but I can’t find one and for some odd reason I never did tag that blog post (if you find it, please link it, it was really good and I miss it).

    breaking the cycle of English « Love | Peace | Ohana

  • I don’t remember it well enough to just run off my mouth, but the (paraphrased, probably hackneyed) gist of it was that being in a position to be ill-behaved is a position of privilege. i.e. The busboy is not going to tell off his manager when the manager asserts an English-only policy if he needs to keep that job and/or get a decent reference for an additional/replacement job.

    breaking the cycle of English « Love | Peace | Ohana

  • The only open space is for yard-play for the well-behaved, which is almost always paved over.

    Matthew Yglesias » Density and Building Height

  • Spelling, he's nightly dressed, quiet and well behaved, that is primary two.

    CNN Transcript Jan 1, 2010


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