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adjective in·vet·er·ate \in-ˈve-t(ə-)rət\

Definition of inveterate

  1. 1 :  firmly established by long persistence the inveterate tendency to overlook the obvious

  2. 2 :  confirmed in a habit :  habitual an inveterate liar

inveterately

adverb

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Examples of inveterate in a Sentence

  1. his inveterate tendency to overlook the obvious

  2. he has an inveterate tendency to tell some very tall tales

Did You Know?

Like veteran, inveterate ultimately comes from Latin vetus, which means "old," and which led to the Latin verb inveterare ("to age"). That verb in turn gave rise eventually to the adjective inveteratus, the direct source of our adjective inveterate (in use since the 14th century). In the past, inveterate has meant "long-standing" or simply "old." For example, one 16th-century writer warned of "Those great Flyes which in the springe time of the yeare creepe out of inveterate walls." Today, inveterate most often applies to a habit, attitude, or feeling of such long existence that it is practically ineradicable or unalterable.

Origin and Etymology of inveterate

Middle English, from Latin inveteratus, from past participle of inveterare to age (transitive verb), from in- + veter-, vetus old — more at wether


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of inveterate

inveterate, confirmed, chronic mean firmly established. inveterate applies to a habit, attitude, or feeling of such long existence as to be practically ineradicable or unalterable. an inveterate smoker confirmed implies a growing stronger and firmer with time so as to resist change or reform. a confirmed bachelor chronic suggests something that is persistent or endlessly recurrent and troublesome. a chronic complainer

INVETERATE Defined for English Language Learners

inveterate-definition

inveterate

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adjective in·vet·er·ate \in-ˈve-t(ə-)rət\

Definition of inveterate for English Language Learners

  • : always or often doing something specified

  • : always or often happening or existing


Medical Dictionary

inveterate

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adjective in·vet·er·ate \in-ˈvet-ə-rət, -ˈve-trət\

Medical Definition of inveterate

  1. 1:  marked by long duration or frequent recurrence inveterate bursitis

  2. 2:  confirmed in a habit :  habitual 2 an inveterate smoker



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