cus·​tom·​ary | \ ˈkə-stə-ˌmer-ē How to pronounce customary (audio) , -ˌme-rē \

Definition of customary

1 : commonly practiced, used, or observed customary acts of courtesy his customary enthusiasm
2 : based on or established by custom customary laws

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customariness \ ˈkə-​stə-​ˌmer-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce customariness (audio) , -​ˌme-​rē-​ \ noun

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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

Examples of customary in a Sentence

He forgot the customary “thank you.” It is customary to hold the door open for someone who is entering a building behind you. She dressed in her customary fashion. He did the work with his customary efficiency.
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Recent Examples on the Web He’s still getting acclimated to the speed of the game, which is customary for all rookies. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Bengals rookie WR Tee Higgins is 'learning a lot' in first NFL training camp," 28 Aug. 2020 Bolsonaro’s prior tests were conducted using pseudonyms, as is customary for medical tests performed on Brazilian leaders in order to preserve their privacy. Washington Post, "Brazil’s Bolsonaro tested for COVID-19, feels well," 7 July 2020 The president hasn’t discussed any potential changes with the top six officials of the ruling African National Congress, as is customary, one of the people said. Paul Vecchiatto,, "Ramaphosa Considers Cabinet Changes in Bid to Drive Reforms," 29 Aug. 2020 The report does not include a set of policy recommendations as is customary with such efforts. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Dallas County will consider spending $3 million on policing alternatives after summer protests," 24 Aug. 2020 That tribute was set to start at dusk on September 11 and last until dawn the following morning, as is customary with the traditional yearly memorial. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Governor Cuomo announces NYC's annual 9/11 light tribute is back on," 17 Aug. 2020 Who wouldn’t rather eat sweet juicy hostas when boring dry acorns are the usual and customary fare? Beth Segal, cleveland, "How to keep deer – and rabbits, groundhogs and other hungry critters – out of your vegetable garden," 13 Aug. 2020 Prosecutors did not reveal the man's identity, as is customary in Germany, but local media identified the suspect as Samrad A. Fox News, "Iraqi man detained after targeting motorcyclists on Berlin highway in possible terror attack, police say," 19 Aug. 2020 Such rustiness is customary in the early portions of training camp, but the light rain during the first hour of practice might have made an affect. Daniel Oyefusi,, "Observations from Ravens’ third day of padded practice: Intensity starts to ramp up," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of customary

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for customary

see custom entry 1

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“Customary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of customary

: usually done in a particular situation or at a particular place or time
: usual or typical of a particular person


cus·​tom·​ary | \ ˈkə-stə-ˌmer-ē How to pronounce customary (audio) \

Kids Definition of customary

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

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