customary

adjective
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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Other Words from customary

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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 As is customary for First Stage shows, the cast is diverse and multiracial. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New shows online: Skylight escapes to London, First Stage seeks 'Treasure' in Milwaukee," 19 Oct. 2020 Money saved from the Cas Walker show and other spots was spent on the customary teen-age fare—clothes, makeup, and peroxide—and local celebrity attracted envy at school, where she was sometimes bullied. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, "The United States of Dolly Parton," 12 Oct. 2020 It was established, as was customary in 19th century in rural areas, on a family farm, which first belonged to Wilhelm Ludewig August Tampke, born in 1833 in Wolfenbuttel, Braunschweig, Germany. ExpressNews.com, "Early San Antonio family’s burial ground survives in middle of North Central subdivision," 10 Oct. 2020 Amid the customs and routines upended by the coronavirus will be the customary display of civility before the debate: Trump and Biden are not expected to shake hands at the opening. Michelle L. Price, chicagotribune.com, "What and where to watch as Trump and Biden meet in Ohio for tonight’s first debate," 29 Sep. 2020 Amid the customs and routines upended by the coronavirus will be the customary display of civility before the debate: Trump and Biden are not expected to shake hands at the opening. Orlando Sentinel Staff, orlandosentinel.com, "Trump-Biden debate: What to watch for," 29 Sep. 2020 Amid the customs and routines upended by the coronavirus will be the customary display of civility before the debate: Trump and Biden are not expected to shake hands at the opening. Michelle L. Price, Star Tribune, "Viewers' Guide: Trump, Biden meet in Ohio for 1st debate," 28 Sep. 2020 Trump has long resisted disclosure of his tax records and did not voluntarily release them while campaigning in 2016, as had been customary for presidential candidates. Shayna Jacobs, Anchorage Daily News, "Manhattan prosecutor can enforce subpoena for Trump’s tax returns, appeals court says," 7 Oct. 2020 Despite the change of venue and delayed start, the Invitational will still take place over just three days, as is customary. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "IU basketball returns to first Maui Invitational in 5 years ... in Asheville, N.C.?," 7 Oct. 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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The first known use of customary was in 1552

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22 Oct 2020

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“Customary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/customary. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for customary

customary

adjective
How to pronounce customary (audio)

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

customary

adjective
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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