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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Queen Elizabeth II had agreed to prorogue - or suspend - Parliament, on the advice of the prime minister, as is customary. Anchorage Daily News, "Scottish court rules Boris Johnson’s suspension of Britain’s Parliament was illegal," 11 Sep. 2019 The separation is expected to be completed in the first half of 2020, subject to customary conditions, consultations and regulatory approvals, at which time all outstanding shares of SpinCo will be distributed to existing TechnipFMC shareholders. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "TechnipFMC to split into two publicly traded companies," 26 Aug. 2019 Senior Juwan Washington did not play, as is customary for the starting running back in these exhibitions. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs Fan Fest scrimmage: Offense ahead of the defense — for once," 17 Aug. 2019 The transaction close is subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions. William Thornton |,, "Regions Bank to acquire Highland Associates," 7 June 2019 After winning the 2016 general election, Justice decided to hold his inaugural ball not in Charleston, as has been customary, but at his own resort. Ken Ward Jr., ProPublica, "Lawmakers Call for Ethics Reform to Deal With Billionaire Resort-Owning Governor," 21 Aug. 2019 Asking voters to text these short codes to receive campaign updates has become customary over the past few years. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Someone explain to Joe Biden the difference between a website and a text message short code," 1 Aug. 2019 Votto, who is positioning his hands near the bottom of the bat instead of his customary choking up, has three homers in his last 10 games. Bobby Nightengale,, "Joey Votto homers, Alex Wood pitches well in Cincinnati Reds' victory over Atlanta Braves," 1 Aug. 2019 Bringing Williams off the bench, as is customary, will give him more freedom to create. Rob Mahoney,, "How Should the Clippers' Role Players Orbit Around Their Two New Stars?," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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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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