well behaved

well behaved
(usually of children) someone who behaves in a manner that the speaker believes is correct

a well-behaved child

Syn: ↑well-behaved
Similar to: ↑good

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adjective ORDERLY, obedient, disciplined, peaceable, docile, controlled, restrained, cooperative, compliant; mannerly, polite, civil, courteous, respectful, proper, decorous, refined, polished.

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ˌwell beˈhaved [well behaved] adjective
behaving in a way that other people think is polite or correct

a well-behaved child

The audience was surprisingly well behaved.

Example Bank:

On the whole, the crowd was pretty well behaved.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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