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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. 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";
  2. 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"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Behalf \Be*half"\, n. [OE. on-behalve in the name of, bihalven
      by the side of, fr. AS. healf half, also side, part: akin to
      G. halb half, halber on account of. See {Be-}, and {Half},
      Advantage; favor; stead; benefit; interest; profit; support;
      defense; vindication.
               In behalf of his mistress's beauty.         --Sir P.
               Against whom he had contracted some prejudice in behalf
               of his nation.                                       --Clarendon.
      {In behalf of}, in the interest of.
      {On behalf of}, on account of; on the part of.
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