Definition of conduct noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɒndʌkt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːndʌkt//
    [uncountable] (formal)
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  1. 1  a person’s behaviour in a particular place or in a particular situation The sport has a strict code of conduct. improving standards of training and professional conduct
  2. 2conduct of something the way in which a business or an activity is organized and managed There was growing criticism of the government's conduct of the war.
  3. see also safe conduct
    Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from Latin conduct- ‘brought together’, from the verb conducere. The term originally denoted a provision for safe passage, surviving in safe conduct; later the verb sense ‘lead, guide’ arose, hence ‘manage’ and ‘management’ (late Middle English), later ‘management of oneself, behaviour’ (mid 16th cent.). The original form of the word was conduit, which was preserved only in the sense ‘channel’ (see conduit); in other uses the spelling was influenced by Latin.Extra examples He was arrested for disorderly conduct. It is tempting to think of morality as a guide to human conduct. Our organization sets high standards of professional conduct. The business conduct of this bank will be subject to UK rules. The committee concluded that the senators had engaged in improper conduct. The elders were responsible for the proper conduct of community life. The minister was called to court to explain his conduct. The police chief was asked to explain his conduct. The prisoner was released early for good conduct. The violent conduct by the strikers was condemned. conduct constituting a crime her conduct towards her husband rules governing police conduct Most directors are not involved in the day-to-day conduct of the business. The release of this information could compromise the proper conduct of the investigation. There was growing criticism of the government’s conduct of the war. We need to improve standards of training and professional conduct.
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