cus·tom·ary | \ˈkə-stə-ˌmer-ē, -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

customarily \ˌkə-stə-ˈmer-ə-lē, -ˈme-rə- \ adverb
customariness \ˈkə-stə-ˌmer-ē-nəs, -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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Shoppers, however, always asked for a tad more, lecturing me that the gesture had been customary in the golden age of pre-Castro Cuba sales. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "South Miami-Dade leaders are right: If they settle for buses, they’ll never get rail," 6 July 2018 As a result, some tribes have revived the customary, precolonial practice of banishment and exclusion to forbid convicted drug dealers from entering and inhabiting their lands. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Native American Tribes Are Suing the Opioid Industry As People Continue to Die," 13 Apr. 2018 However, as is customary in these cases, one of the group offered a different story to German newspaper Die Welt. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Police in Berlin Intend to Press Charges Against Black Customers Who Recorded Alleged Racist Encounter at KFC: Report," 25 May 2018 Howard and Slightom are being represented by an attorney in the city's Office of Corporation Counsel, as is customary in cases filed against IMPD officers. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Officer in Aaron Bailey case is a defendant in lawsuit over a 2015 shooting," 24 May 2018 The whole gang came out for Beckham’s Fall 2018 fashion show, as is customary. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "The Beckham Family Came Out to Support Victoria's Runway Show, and It Was Adorable," 11 Feb. 2018 Vitter, as is customary for federal judicial nominees, declined a request for an interview this week. Drew Broach,, "Wendy Vitter, with one exception, might have what it takes to be federal judge," 27 Jan. 2018 Williams crushed certain shots with customary power and precision but mistimed many others, muttering to herself and shadow-stroking between rallies. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "After ‘a Lot of Ups and Downs,’ Serena Williams Nears Her Return," 9 Feb. 2018 While customary, the meeting Friday with Ignazio Visco has significance given the 5-Star Movement's call not to confirm the renewal of his mandate. Fox News, "Italy PM-designate focuses on savings lost in bank failures," 25 May 2018

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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 \

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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