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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(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 habitually

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



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

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