[ 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.

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 habitually


/ (həˈbɪtjʊəl) /


(usually prenominal) done or experienced regularly and repeatedlythe habitual Sunday walk
(usually prenominal) by habita habitual drinker
customary; usualhis habitual comment

Derived Forms

habitually, adverbhabitualness, noun
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