second nature

noun

: an acquired deeply ingrained habit or skill
after a while, using the gearshift becomes second nature

Example Sentences

After a while, using the gearshift becomes second nature. speaking and thinking in Japanese simply became second nature to her during the years she spent in Kyoto
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Word History

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of second nature was in 1582

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“Second nature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/second%20nature. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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