second nature


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

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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Word History

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of second nature was in 1582

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Cite this Entry

“Second nature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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