[kon-swi-tood, -tyood]


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

Related Words for consuetude

usance, habit, practice, familiarity, manner, usage, habitude, tradition, praxis

Examples from the Web for consuetude

Historical Examples of 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



an established custom or usage, esp one having legal force
Derived Formsconsuetudinary, adjective

Word Origin for consuetude

C14: from Latin consuētūdō, from consuēscere to accustom, from con- + suēscere to be wont
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Word Origin and History for consuetude

late 14c., from Middle French consuetude, from Latin consuetudo, from consuetus, past participle of consuescere "to accustom" (see custom).

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