habitual

adjective
ha·​bit·​u·​al | \ hə-ˈbi-ch(ə-)wəl How to pronounce habitual (audio) , ha-, -ˈbi-chəl\

Definition of habitual

1 : regularly or repeatedly doing or practicing something or acting in some manner : having the nature of a habit : customary habitual candor habitual behavior habitual drug use
2 : regularly or repeatedly doing, practicing, or acting in some manner : doing something by force of habit habitual drunkards a habitual liar
3 : resorted to on a regular basis our habitual diet
4 : inherent in an individual habitual grace

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Other Words from habitual

habitually adverb
habitualness 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 habitual in a Sentence

He was fired for his habitual lateness. They went for their habitual evening walk.

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But Amis’s contempt toward the human material in front of him often feels easy, habitual, unearned, a matter of prejudice rather than experience. A.o. Scott, New York Times, "In His New Collection, ‘The Rub of Time,’ Martin Amis Takes On Everyone From Travolta to Trump," 28 Feb. 2018 Andra Gillespie, an Emory University political science professor, said runoffs in Georgia tend to favor Republicans, in part because GOP voters tend to be more habitual voters. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "In the Home Stretch, Georgia’s Governor Race Draws Big Firepower," 1 Nov. 2018 Spellman had 14 felony and 31 misdemeanor convictions prior to the cigarette theft, which qualified him as a habitual felony offender, The News Journal reported. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Florida man gets 20 years for stealing $600 worth of cigarettes," 24 Sep. 2018 Acevedo, of the 1200 block of North California Avenue, was charged with being an armed habitual criminal, a Class X felony punishable with up to 30 years in prison. William Lee, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago cops investigating how suspect got loaded handgun into police lockup," 19 June 2018 As for the habitual anti-union sentiment: Noyce is dead. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "What Tesla’s union-busting trial means for the rest of Silicon Valley," 29 Sep. 2018 Robertson faces additional preliminary charges of resisting arrest with a vehicle, reckless driving and operating a vehicle while being a habitual traffic violator, Tarrh said. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Highway speed trap catches two suspects in Saks smash-and-grab," 28 Mar. 2018 When librarians asked participants how many were habitual painters or hobbyists, no one raised their hands. Julia Lyon, Washington Post, "People are waiting in line. Is it Hamilton? No, it’s Bob Ross on YouTube.," 13 July 2018 He was judged to be a habitual offender, too, and was returned to prison. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis inmate plays role in film but misses premiere. He's still in prison.," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of habitual

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for habitual

see habit entry 1

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habitual

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of habitual

: done regularly or repeatedly
: doing something regularly or repeatedly

habitual

adjective
ha·​bit·​u·​al | \ hə-ˈbi-chə-wəl How to pronounce habitual (audio) \

Kids Definition of habitual

1 : occurring regularly or repeatedly : being or done by habit habitual kindness
2 : doing or acting by force of habit habitual liars
3 : regular sense 1 Salad is my habitual lunch.

Other Words from habitual

habitually \ -​wə-​lē \ adverb He is habitually late.

habitual

adjective
ha·​bit·​u·​al | \ hə-ˈbich-(ə-)wəl, ha-, -ˈbich-əl How to pronounce habitual (audio) \

Medical Definition of habitual

1 : having the nature of a habit : being in accordance with habit habitual smoking
2 : doing, practicing, or acting in some manner by force of habit habitual liars

Other Words from habitual

habitually \ -​ē How to pronounce habitually (audio) \ adverb

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habitual

adjective
ha·​bit·​u·​al | \ hə-ˈbi-chə-wəl How to pronounce habitual (audio) \

Legal Definition of habitual

1 : practicing or acting in some manner by force of custom, habit, or addiction a habitual drunkard
2 : being such a specified number of times or with designated regularity habitual offenders
3 : involved in the practice of a person's usual behavior her habitual residence

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