second nature


Definition of second nature

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

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Synonyms for second nature


custom, fashion, habit, habitude, pattern, practice (also practise), ritual, trick, way, wont

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Examples of second nature in a Sentence

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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This tendency seems fitting for a twosome whose bond was built on an unexpected connection, and for whom embracing the new and never-seen-before is second nature. Shoko Wanger, House Beautiful, "This Woman-Run Studio Designs Gorgeous Restaurants You’ll Want to Call Home," 13 Feb. 2019 Braille and accessible phone and computer tech become second nature. Peg Rosen, Good Housekeeping, "Blindness Can't Stop Me from Living the Life I Want to Live," 14 Sep. 2018 At EF Education First, for instance, that man is Belgium’s Sep Vanmarcke, for whom the pavé is second nature. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Biggest Booby-Trap at the Tour de France: Cobblestone Roads," 13 July 2018 Play calls that once seemed like foreign scripture became second nature. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Governor's Cup Gives Players One Last Chance To Shine On The High School Football Field," 29 June 2018 But all those genuinely wonderful ways to increase one’s knowledge are pretty much second nature to today’s teenagers. Jennifer Winward, Anchorage Daily News, "Five old-school skills that kids should learn from their grandparents instead of YouTube," 26 June 2018 Learning a new language kept me in a constantly self-monitoring mode; communication was no longer second nature and had to be measured out. Hedia Anvar, Longreads, "How To Build An Intellectual," 23 June 2018 After a while carrying around my binoculars became second nature to me. Mackenzie Schmidt,, "Pregnant Joanna Gaines Reveals Chip Gives her 'Fresh Hope' in a Heartfelt Father's Day Message," 18 June 2018 Dangling more than 110 stories above the Loop is second nature for Rukavina. Patrick M. O'connell,, "At 80, ironworker who has dangled atop Chicago's tallest skyscrapers is still climbing," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of second nature

1582, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of second nature

: something you can do easily or without much thought because you have done it many times before

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