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

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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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Trump's decision to sign a multi-national D-Day proclamation Thursday at the very top of the page – not underneath the message as is customary – is drawing a lot of scrutiny on social media. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Trump signed the D-Day proclamation at the top. Macron, Merkel, other leaders signed at the bottom," 7 June 2019 John Poppo, who served as Chairman the past four years, did not step into the chair emeritus role, as is customary. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Recording Academy Announces Newly Elected Chair, National Officers," 6 June 2019 The official spoke on customary condition of anonymity. Sylvie Corbet, Fox News, "French president pushes for new changes as criticism grows," 22 Aug. 2018 Again, this should occur in the customary sequence for multiple fasteners. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use a Torque Wrench to Keep Your Car from Flying Apart," 26 Feb. 2019 Boone said Gregorius would be back in the lineup Monday night in Texas against the Rangers but would not commit to batting him third in the lineup, his customary spot. Pat Borzi, New York Times, "Yankees Rout Royals Behind Sonny Gray’s Gem and a Rash of Homers," 20 May 2018 Its completion is subject to customary conditions, including the approval of Tropicana shareholders, Icahn Enterprises said in a regulatory filing. Fortune, "Icahn Will Sell Tropicana Casinos in $1.85 Billion Deal," 16 Apr. 2018 The merger is subject to customary closing conditions. William Thornton, AL.com, "Birmingham-based bank expanding into Florida," 22 Mar. 2018 As is customary for North Korea, few details and no VIP guest list were announced in advance. Eric Talmadge, Fox News, "As talks with US stall, North Korea preps military parade," 6 Sep. 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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The first known use of customary was in 1552

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customary

adjective

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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