consuetude

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

noun

custom, especially as having legal force.

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Origin of consuetude

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Old French consuetude, a learned borrowing or Latinism from Latin consuētūd(o), “custom, habit, usage, social intercourse, illicit affair,” equivalent to con- con- + suē- (root of suēscere “to accustom, become accustomed,” akin to suus “one's own”) + -tūdō -tude
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Example sentences 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

consuetude
/ (ˈkɒnswɪˌtjuːd) /

noun

an established custom or usage, esp one having legal force

Derived forms of consuetude

consuetudinary, adjective

Word Origin for consuetude

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