customary

[kuhs-tuh-mer-ee]

adjective

according to or depending on custom; usual; habitual.
of or established by custom rather than law.
Law. defined by long-continued practices: the customary service due from land in a manor.

noun, plural cus·tom·ar·ies.

a book or document containing the legal customs or customary laws of a locality.
any body of such customs or laws.

Nearby words

  1. custom-made,
  2. custom-make,
  3. custom-order,
  4. custom-tailor,
  5. customable,
  6. customer,
  7. customer relationship management,
  8. customer's man,
  9. customer-facing,
  10. customise

Origin of customary

1375–1425; 1515–25 for current senses; late Middle English < Medieval Latin custumārius, customārius, equivalent to costum(i)a custom (also in Vulgar Latin; see custom) + -ārius -ary

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British Dictionary definitions for customary

customary

adjective

in accordance with custom or habitual practice; usual; habitual
law
  1. founded upon long continued practices and usage rather than law
  2. (of land, esp a feudal estate) held by custom

noun plural -aries

  1. a statement in writing of customary laws and practices
  2. a body of such laws and customs
Derived Formscustomarily, adverbcustomariness, noun

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Word Origin and History for customary

customary

adj.

1520s, from Medieval Latin custumarius, from Latin consuetudinarius, from consuetitudinem (see custom (n.)). Related: Customarily.

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