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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Just like when a person might crave smoking (say after eating), figure out what your habitual trigger is and try to replace it. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Want to live longer? You may want to ditch these drinks," 3 Sep. 2019 The ranch shut down due to the dwindling number of youths in custody and habitual runaways. Joaquin Palomino, SFChronicle.com, "SF plans to close juvenile hall, but a new proposal would put more youths there," 16 Sep. 2019 If convicted of habitual-criminal charges, Taylor could be sentenced up to 96 years in prison. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Repeat felon guilty of attempted murder for shooting Aurora auto shop owner in the face," 6 Sep. 2019 There has been a shift in the profile of the squad toward a more exciting, creative one, and, if that can be married to Diego Simeone’s habitual defensive solidity, Atletico could be a major force this season. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Predictions, Group Breakdowns After the 2019-20 Champions League Draw," 29 Aug. 2019 The yen and Swiss franc, habitual sanctuaries, are among the few currencies that have risen against it (chart 3). The Economist, "Six charts that explain the state of markets," 17 Aug. 2019 Trump’s habitual lying also gave no reason to believe the assertion. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump’s Tax on the National Psyche," 21 Aug. 2019 Underage use, habitual use, driving under the influence, potential arrests, disrupting life goals and relationships are all consequences of alcohol and drug abuse. Randy Blaser, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Recreational marijuana is coming, and suburban leaders have some decisions to make," 16 Aug. 2019 The new dates were imposed on the festival by Barcelona's Fira, the convention center where Sónar's daytime edition is held, which booked a textile machinery fair on Sónar’s habitual June dates. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Sónar Festival Recommits to Barcelona Venue After Strike, Big Dip in Attendance," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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