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  1. of the nature of a habit; fixed by or resulting from habit: habitual courtesy.
  2. being such by habit: a habitual gossip.
  3. commonly used, followed, observed, etc., as by a particular person; customary: She took her habitual place at the table.
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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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customarily, commonly, consistently, frequently, generally, mainly, mostly, naturally, normally, occasionally, oft

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British Dictionary definitions for habitually


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


mid-15c., from habitual + -ly (2).

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

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