customary

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adjective cus·tom·ary \ˈkə-stə-ˌmer-ē, -ˌme-rē\

Definition of customary

  1. 1 :  based on or established by custom customary laws

  2. 2 :  commonly practiced, used, or observed customary acts of courtesy his customary enthusiasm

customarily

play \ˌkə-stə-ˈmer-ə-lē, -ˈme-rə-\ adverb

customariness

play \ˈkə-stə-ˌmer-ē-nəs, -ˌme-rē-\ noun

Examples of customary in a Sentence

  1. He forgot the customary thank you.

  2. It is customary to hold the door open for someone who is entering a building behind you.

  3. She dressed in her customary fashion.

  4. He did the work with his customary efficiency.

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Origin and Etymology of customary

see 1custom

Synonym Discussion of customary

usual, customary, habitual, wonted, accustomed mean familiar through frequent or regular repetition. usual stresses the absence of strangeness or unexpectedness. my usual order for lunch customary applies to what accords with the practices, conventions, or usages of an individual or community. the customary waiting period before the application is approved habitual suggests a practice settled or established by much repetition. a habitual morning routine wonted stresses habituation but usually applies to what is favored, sought, or purposefully cultivated. his wonted determination accustomed is less emphatic than wonted or habitual in suggesting fixed habit or invariable custom. accepted the compliment with her accustomed modesty

CUSTOMARY Defined for English Language Learners

customary

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Definition of customary for English Language Learners

  • : usually done in a particular situation or at a particular place or time

  • : usual or typical of a particular person


CUSTOMARY Defined for Kids

customary

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adjective cus·tom·ary \ˈkə-stə-ˌmer-ē\

Definition of customary for Students

  1. 1 :  usual in a particular situation or at a particular place or time Throwing a … net was the customary method of capture. — Carl Hiaasen, Hoot

  2. 2 :  typical of a particular person She answered with her customary cheerfulness.



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