habitual

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adjective ha·bit·u·al \hə-ˈbi-ch(ə-)wəl, ha-, -ˈbi-chəl\

Definition of habitual

  1. 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. 2 :  regularly or repeatedly doing, practicing, or acting in some manner :  doing something by force of habit habitual drunkards a habitual liar

  3. 3 :  resorted to on a regular basis our habitual diet

  4. 4 :  inherent in an individual habitual grace

habitually

adverb

habitualness

noun

Examples of habitual in a Sentence

  1. He was fired for his habitual lateness.

  2. They went for their habitual evening walk.

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Origin and Etymology of habitual

see 1habit

Synonym Discussion of habitual

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

HABITUAL Defined for English Language Learners

habitual

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Definition of habitual for English Language Learners

  • : done regularly or repeatedly

  • : doing something regularly or repeatedly


HABITUAL Defined for Kids

habitual

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adjective ha·bit·u·al \hə-ˈbi-chə-wəl\

Definition of habitual for Students

  1. 1 :  occurring regularly or repeatedly :  being or done by habit habitual kindness

  2. 2 :  doing or acting by force of habit habitual liars

  3. 3 :  regular 1 Salad is my habitual lunch.

habitually

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

Medical Dictionary

habitual

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adjective ha·bit·u·al \hə-ˈbich-(ə-)wəl, ha-, -ˈbich-əl\

Medical Definition of habitual

  1. 1:  having the nature of a habit :  being in accordance with habit habitual smoking

  2. 2:  doing, practicing, or acting in some manner by force of habit habitual liars

habitually

\-ē\play adverb

Law Dictionary

habitual

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adjective ha·bit·u·al \hə-ˈbi-chə-wəl\

Legal Definition of habitual

  1. 1 :  practicing or acting in some manner by force of custom, habit, or addiction a habitual drunkard

  2. 2 :  being such a specified number of times or with designated regularity habitual offenders

  3. 3 :  involved in the practice of a person's usual behavior her habitual residence



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