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verb (used with object), ha·bit·u·at·ed, ha·bit·u·at·ing.
  1. to accustom (a person, the mind, etc.), as to a particular situation: Wealth habituated him to luxury.
  2. Archaic. to frequent.
verb (used without object), ha·bit·u·at·ed, ha·bit·u·at·ing.
  1. to cause habituation, physiologically or psychologically.

Origin of habituate

1520–30; < Late Latin habituātus conditioned, constituted, (past participle of habituāre), equivalent to habitu(s) habit1 + -ātus -ate1
Related formsun·ha·bit·u·at·ed, adjective


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1. familiarize, acclimate, train.
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Examples from the Web for unhabituated

Historical Examples

  • The thing is apt to be disturbing to unhabituated beholders.

    Helen with the High Hand (2nd ed.)

    Arnold Bennett

  • I was unhabituated to ideas of floating or transferable wealth.

    Arthur Mervyn

    Charles Brockden Brown

  • She was unhabituated to conform herself to any standard but that connected with the present life.

    Ormond, Volume II (of 3)

    Charles Brockden Brown

British Dictionary definitions for unhabituated


  1. to accustom; make used (to)
  2. US and Canadian archaic to frequent
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Word Origin and History for unhabituated



1520s, from Latin habituatus, past participle of habituare "to bring into a condition or habit of the body," from habitus (see habit (n.)). Related: Habituated; habituating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

unhabituated in Medicine


  1. To accustom by frequent repetition or prolonged exposure.
  2. To cause physiological or psychological habituation, as to a drug.
  3. To experience psychological habituation.
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