[ huh-bich-oo-uhl ]
/ həˈbɪtʃ u əl /


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.

Nearby words

  1. habitancy,
  2. habitant,
  3. habitat,
  4. habitation,
  5. habited,
  6. habitual abortion,
  7. habitually,
  8. habituate,
  9. habituated,
  10. habituation

Origin of habitual

1520–30; < Medieval Latin habituālis relating to dress, condition, or habit, equivalent to Latin habitu(s) habit1 + -ālis -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for habitual


/ (həˈbɪtjʊəl) /


(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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