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usual

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1 accepted, used, or practiced by most people
  • that's not the usual method, but it works

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3 often observed or encountered
  • the usual reaction to the sight of the falls is one of absolute awe

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usual

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as in rule, run

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usual, customary, habitual, wonted, accustomed mean familiar through frequent or regular repetition. usual stresses the absence of strangeness or unexpectedness. my usual order for lunch customary applies to what accords with the practices, conventions, or usages of an individual or community. the customary waiting period before the application is approved habitual suggests a practice settled or established by much repetition. a habitual morning routine wonted stresses habituation but usually applies to what is favored, sought, or purposefully cultivated. his wonted determination accustomed is less emphatic than wonted or habitual in suggesting fixed habit or invariable custom. accepted the compliment with her accustomed modesty

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The first known use of usual was in the 14th century

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24 Feb 2020

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“Usual.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/usual. Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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