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.
Recent Examples on the Web Both Moreland Hills and Orange police were alerted, with the caller adding that the occurrence is habitual and usually takes place around 7:10 a.m. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Rangers called in as man exercises morning racist rant: Moreland Hills Police Blotter," 24 Apr. 2021 His sentence is another result of Louisiana’s habitual offender laws, which allow prosecutors to seek harsher sentences for lesser crimes if a defendant has previous convictions. Washington Post, "After 20 years in prison for stealing two shirts, a Louisiana man is free," 12 Apr. 2021 Taylor was sentenced as a habitual felony offender, as the state proved that he had been convicted of three prior adult felonies. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "65-year-old man gets life without parole for trying to shoot a west Alabama assistant police chief," 6 Apr. 2021 Your instincts for how to treat your challenges are obviously great - withdrawal from habitual use requires building up new habits to replace the old ones. Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Former stoner struggles with sobriety," 24 Mar. 2021 Your instincts for how to treat your current challenges are obviously great – withdrawal from habitual use requires building up new habits to replace the old ones. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Former stoner struggles with sobriety," 24 Mar. 2021 Your instincts for how to treat your current challenges are obviously great – withdrawal from habitual use requires building up new habits to replace the old ones. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Former pot smoker finds himself irritable, aggravated," 24 Mar. 2021 Scientists estimate that among all the viruses that infect all the animals of the world there may be around 800,000 which could, in the right circumstances, jump from their habitual hosts into humans and start spreading. The Economist, "All in the blood Putting the viruses of the world into a panopticon is no longer impossible," 23 Mar. 2021 Its last survey, for the 2018 fiscal year, found that 13 people were sentenced as habitual offenders. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "He stole a car and was sentenced to life in prison under the state’s ‘three strikes’ law," 2 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of habitual was in 1603

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“Habitual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habitual. Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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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 habitual (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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