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habitual

[huh-bich-oo-uh l] /həˈbɪtʃ u əl/
adjective
1.
of the nature of a habit; fixed by or resulting from habit:
habitual courtesy.
2.
being such by habit:
a habitual gossip.
3.
commonly used, followed, observed, etc., as by a particular person; customary:
She took her habitual place at the table.
Origin of habitual
1520-1530
1520-30; < Medieval Latin habituālis relating to dress, condition, or habit, equivalent to Latin habitu(s) habit1 + -ālis -al1
Related forms
habitually, adverb
habitualness, noun
nonhabitual, adjective
nonhabitually, adverb
nonhabitualness, noun
quasi-habitual, adjective
quasi-habitually, adverb
unhabitual, adjective
unhabitually, adverb
Synonyms
2. confirmed, inveterate. 3. accustomed, regular. See usual.
Antonyms
2. occasional. 3. unaccustomed.
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  • "Oh, I guess it wouldn't hurt them," said Yates, with a lack of tact that was not habitual.

  • In Rose's eyes, the habitual look of patience and understanding deepened.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • "See here, Hewson," St. John said, with his habitual lack of manners.

    Questionable Shapes William Dean Howells
  • Vernon was silent: none of his habitual defences served him in this hour.

  • A shade of some habitual sternness had crept over the features.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for habitual

habitual

/həˈbɪtjʊəl/
adjective
1.
(usually prenominal) done or experienced regularly and repeatedly: the habitual Sunday walk
2.
(usually prenominal) by habit: a habitual drinker
3.
customary; usual: his habitual comment
Derived Forms
habitually, adverb
habitualness, noun
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Word Origin and History for habitual
adj.

mid-15c., from Medieval Latin habitualis "pertaining to habit or dress," from Latin habitus (see habit (n.)).

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