[ kon-swi-tood, -tyood ]
/ ˈkɒn swɪˌtud, -ˌtyud /


custom, especially as having legal force.

Origin of consuetude

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin consuētūdō, equivalent to con- con- + suē- (short stem of suēscere to become accustomed, akin to suus one's own) + -tūdō -tude Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for consuetude

  • I remember myself so to have done, and that is my common on consuetude when anything pierceth or toucheth my heart.

    Familiar Studies of Men and Books|Robert Louis Stevenson
  • For the present he swept the skies leisurely, feasting on the infinite wonders which no consuetude could render commonplace.

    The Mayor of Warwick|Herbert M. Hopkins

British Dictionary definitions for consuetude


/ (ˈkɒnswɪˌtjuːd) /


an established custom or usage, esp one having legal force

Derived Forms

consuetudinary, adjective

Word Origin for consuetude

C14: from Latin consuētūdō, from consuēscere to accustom, from con- + suēscere to be wont
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