[hab-i-tood, -tyood]


customary condition or character: a healthy mental habitude.
a habit or custom: traditional habitudes of kindliness and courtesy.
Obsolete. familiar relationship.

Origin of habitude

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin habitūdō. See habit1, -tude
Related formshab·i·tu·di·nal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for habitude

Historical Examples of habitude

  • Mrs. Maxim, according to the habitude of her sex, led in the conversation.

    Dynamite Stories

    Hudson Maxim

  • I have the habitude of the languages; they count me an expert.

    Faithful Margaret

    Annie Ashmore

  • He was vain of his experiments in profligacy, but they never grew to habitude.

  • Such is the fearlessness, the insensibility to danger, which men acquire by the habitude of constant risk.


    Washington Irving

  • He steeped himself in this bath of habitude, to which artificial regrets insinuated a tonic quality.

    Against The Grain

    Joris-Karl Huysmans

British Dictionary definitions for habitude



rare habit or tendency
Derived Formshabitudinal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for habitude

"custom, habit," c.1400, from Old French habitude (14c.), from Latin habitudinem (nominative habitudo) "condition, appearance, habit," from past participle stem of habere (see habit (n.)). Related: Habitudinal (late 14c.).

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