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[kon-swi-tood, -tyood] /ˈkɒn swɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
custom, especially as having legal force.
Origin of consuetude
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin consuētūdō, equivalent to con- con- + suē- (short stem of suēscere to become accustomed, akin to suus one's own) + -tūdō -tude Unabridged
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  • For the present he swept the skies leisurely, feasting on the infinite wonders which no consuetude could render commonplace.

    The Mayor of Warwick Herbert M. Hopkins
  • I remember myself so to have done, and that is my common on consuetude when anything pierceth or toucheth my heart.

    Familiar Studies of Men and Books Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for consuetude


an established custom or usage, esp one having legal force
Derived Forms
consuetudinary, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin consuētūdō, from consuēscere to accustom, from con- + suēscere to be wont
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Word Origin and History for consuetude

late 14c., from Middle French consuetude, from Latin consuetudo, from consuetus, past participle of consuescere "to accustom" (see custom).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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