of the nature of a habit; fixed by or resulting from habit: habitual courtesy.
being such by habit: a habitual gossip.
commonly used, followed, observed, etc., as by a particular person; customary: She took her habitual place at the table.

Origin of habitual

1520–30; < Medieval Latin habituālis relating to dress, condition, or habit, equivalent to Latin habitu(s) habit1 + -ālis -al1
Related formsha·bit·u·al·ly, adverbha·bit·u·al·ness, nounnon·ha·bit·u·al, adjectivenon·ha·bit·u·al·ly, adverbnon·ha·bit·u·al·ness, nounqua·si-ha·bit·u·al, adjectivequa·si-ha·bit·u·al·ly, adverbun·ha·bit·u·al, adjectiveun·ha·bit·u·al·ly, adverb

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Examples from the Web for habitual

Contemporary Examples of habitual

Historical Examples of habitual

  • "Oh, I guess it wouldn't hurt them," said Yates, with a lack of tact that was not habitual.

  • In Rose's eyes, the habitual look of patience and understanding deepened.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • "See here, Hewson," St. John said, with his habitual lack of manners.

    Questionable Shapes

    William Dean Howells

  • Vernon was silent: none of his habitual defences served him in this hour.

  • A shade of some habitual sternness had crept over the features.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

British Dictionary definitions for habitual



(usually prenominal) done or experienced regularly and repeatedlythe habitual Sunday walk
(usually prenominal) by habita habitual drinker
customary; usualhis habitual comment
Derived Formshabitually, adverbhabitualness, noun
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Word Origin and History for habitual

mid-15c., from Medieval Latin habitualis "pertaining to habit or dress," from Latin habitus (see habit (n.)).

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