as the agent of or on someone's part (usually expressed as "on behalf of" rather than "in behalf of")
"the guardian signed the contract on behalf of the minor child"; "this letter is written on behalf of my client";
for someone's benefit (usually expressed as `in behalf' rather than `on behalf' and usually with a possessive)
"in your behalf"; "campaigning in his own behalf"; "spoke a good word in his friend's behalf"
Advantage; favor; stead; benefit; interest; profit; support; defense; vindication.
advantage; favor; stead; benefit; interest; profit; support; defense; vindication
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
be-häf′, n. favour or benefit: cause: sake, account: part—only in phrases 'on,' 'in behalf of,' 'on his behalf.' [M. E. behalve—A.S. be healfe, by the side. See Half.]
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Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'behalf' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4590
Rank popularity for the word 'behalf' in Nouns Frequency: #2483
The numerical value of behalf in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of behalf in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Pray To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
Pray To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessed unworthy.
People sleep peacably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest.
At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religous or political ideas.
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