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second nature

noun

Simple Definition of second nature

  • : something you can do easily or without much thought because you have done it many times before

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of second nature

  1. :  an acquired deeply ingrained habit or skill <after a while, using the gearshift becomes second nature>

Examples of second nature in a sentence

  1. After a while, using the gearshift becomes second nature.

  2. <speaking and thinking in Japanese simply became second nature to her during the years she spent in Kyoto>



1582

First Known Use of second nature

1582

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