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.

Origin and Etymology of habitual

see 1habit


First Known Use: 1603

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

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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