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[hab-i-tood, -tyood] /ˈhæb ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
customary condition or character:
a healthy mental habitude.
a habit or custom:
traditional habitudes of kindliness and courtesy.
Obsolete. familiar relationship.
Origin of habitude
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin habitūdō. See habit1, -tude
Related forms
habitudinal, adjective Unabridged
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  • Slightly exotic vocabulary—“habitude” “repartition,” for “habit,” “distribution”—makes its appearance.

    Matthew Arnold George Saintsbury
  • Mrs. Maxim, according to the habitude of her sex, led in the conversation.

    Dynamite Stories Hudson Maxim
  • I have the habitude of the languages; they count me an expert.

    Faithful Margaret Annie Ashmore
  • He was vain of his experiments in profligacy, but they never grew to habitude.

  • With one further evil effect, perhaps the worst, of the habitude of ceaseless parental giving, I have dealt elsewhere.

    Child Versus Parent Stephen Wise
  • He steeped himself in this bath of habitude, to which artificial regrets insinuated a tonic quality.

    Against The Grain Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • The material they had to work upon was already democratical by instinct and habitude.

    An English Grammar W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
  • To Mrs. Luttrell society was a necessity, as a thing becomes after a lifetime of habitude.

    Mrs. Darrell Foxcroft Davis
  • There are saints of every trade, occupation, habitude, and condition to be imitated.

  • What had formerly been habitude and trifling, was now grown seriousness and inclination.

British Dictionary definitions for habitude


(rare) habit or tendency
Derived Forms
habitudinal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for habitude

"custom, habit," c.1400, from Old French habitude (14c.), from Latin habitudinem (nominative habitudo) "condition, appearance, habit," from past participle stem of habere (see habit (n.)). Related: Habitudinal (late 14c.).

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