hab·​i·​tus | \ ˈha-bə-təs How to pronounce habitus (audio) \
plural habitus\ ˈha-​bə-​təs How to pronounce habitus (audio) , -​ˌtüs \

Definition of habitus

: habit specifically : body build and constitution especially as related to predisposition to disease

Examples of habitus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By promoting a habitus of keeping our distance, the virus may complete the triumph of solo living. Frank Trentmann, The New Republic, "The Unequal Future of Consumption," 10 Aug. 2020 There is an acceptance of your own body habitus as well as that of others. New York Times, "The 9.24.17 Issue," 6 Oct. 2017 To achieve equity in educational outcomes, school leaders must understand habitus and how to cultivate mindsets for learning. miamiherald, "CEOs believe community should be involved in making public schools better," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of habitus

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for habitus

New Latin, from Latin

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The first known use of habitus was in 1886

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“Habitus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habitus. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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hab·​i·​tus | \ ˈhab-ət-əs How to pronounce habitus (audio) \
plural habitus\ -​ət-​əs How to pronounce habitus (audio) , -​ə-​ˌtüs How to pronounce habitus (audio) \

Medical Definition of habitus

: habit specifically : body build and constitution especially as related to predisposition to disease an ulcer habitus

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