- custom, especially as having legal force.
Origin of consuetude
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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
- an established custom or usage, esp one having legal force
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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