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Good Behavior

Orderly and lawful action; conduct that is deemed proper for a peaceful and law-abiding individual.

The definition of good behavior depends upon how the phrase is used. For example, what constitutes good behavior for an elected public officer may be quite different from that expected of a prisoner who wants to have his or her sentence reduced or to earn privileges.

The CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES provides that federal judges shall hold their offices during good behavior, which means that they cannot be discharged but can be impeached for misconduct.

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