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consuetude

[kon-swi-tood, -tyood] /ˈkɒn swɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
noun
1.
custom, especially as having legal force.
Origin
1350-1400
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
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  • He was a voice crying in the wilderness, and he really made that a consuetude for the rest of us.
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consuetude

/ˈkɒnswɪˌtjuːd/
noun
1.
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
n.

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

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