force of habit

noun phrase

: behavior made involuntary or automatic by repeated practice

Examples of force of habit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Different levels of mental and muscular activity during sleep and waking — though the temperature curve may persist through force of habit even when sleeping patterns change. Discover Magazine, 14 June 2024 Or is the American tendency to refrigerate eggs just a force of habit? Taylor Tobin, Southern Living, 31 Oct. 2023 However, this rotation of sweet or salty snacks winding their way through the office may not merely be a force of habit. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune Well, 26 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of force of habit was in 1796

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“Force of habit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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