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[kuhs-tuh-mer-ee] /ˈkʌs təˌmɛr i/
according to or depending on custom; usual; habitual.
of or established by custom rather than law.
Law. defined by long-continued practices:
the customary service due from land in a manor.
noun, plural customaries.
a book or document containing the legal customs or customary laws of a locality.
any body of such customs or laws.
Origin of customary
late Middle English
1375-1425; 1515-25 for current senses; late Middle English < Medieval Latin custumārius, customārius, equivalent to costum(i)a custom (also in Vulgar Latin; see custom) + -ārius -ary
Related forms
[kuhs-tuh-mer-uh-lee for emphasis, kuhs-tuh-mair-uh-lee] /ˈkʌs təˌmɛr ə li for emphasis, ˌkʌs təˈmɛər ə li/ (Show IPA),
noncustomarily, adverb
noncustomary, adjective
uncustomarily, adverb
uncustomary, adjective
1. wonted, accustomed, conventional, common, regular. See usual.
1. uncommon. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for customary
  • Insurers use the data to determine usual and customary rates for care received outside their networks.
  • customary uses of prediction have pre-established limitations.
  • Levine offers educators a way to fit the school to the student rather than the customary method.
  • customary benefits are provided, a housing program is available, and relocation costs can be reimbursed.
  • Few mining bosses were ready to claim that their industry had overcome its customary cyclicality.
  • Shaking hands is also customary when greeting people.
  • New levels of philanthropic investments can propel them beyond the subsistence support that has been far too customary.
  • It is customary for the ruling party to make its choice, and then to try to achieve a consensus.
  • It is customary to tip guides a couple of euros, and porters generally expect a euro per bag.
  • The customary hashish peddlers have gone underground.
British Dictionary definitions for customary


/ˈkʌstəmərɪ; -təmrɪ/
in accordance with custom or habitual practice; usual; habitual
  1. founded upon long continued practices and usage rather than law
  2. (of land, esp a feudal estate) held by custom
noun (pl) -aries
  1. a statement in writing of customary laws and practices
  2. a body of such laws and customs
Derived Forms
customarily, adverb
customariness, noun
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Word Origin and History for customary

1520s, from Medieval Latin custumarius, from Latin consuetudinarius, from consuetitudinem (see custom (n.)). Related: Customarily.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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