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[huh-bich-oo-uh l] /həˈbɪtʃ u əl/
of the nature of a habit; fixed by or resulting from habit:
habitual courtesy.
being such by habit:
a habitual gossip.
commonly used, followed, observed, etc., as by a particular person; customary:
She took her habitual place at the table.
Origin of habitual
1520-30; < Medieval Latin habituālis relating to dress, condition, or habit, equivalent to Latin habitu(s) habit1 + -ālis -al1
Related forms
habitually, adverb
habitualness, noun
nonhabitual, adjective
nonhabitually, adverb
nonhabitualness, noun
quasi-habitual, adjective
quasi-habitually, adverb
unhabitual, adjective
unhabitually, adverb
2. confirmed, inveterate. 3. accustomed, regular. See usual.
2. occasional. 3. unaccustomed. Unabridged
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  • Previous studies have shown that habitual nappers tend to be light sleepers.
  • The effect of habitual opium taking on health and longevity, has been a subject of legal consideration.
  • But it is true that, within a single-currency zone, habitual surplus countries tend to be matched by habitual deficit ones.
  • The result is a feeling familiar to habitual travelers: not quite here, not quite home.
  • Growth hormones decline in rats deprived of their mothers' habitual licking.
  • It is rare for technology alone to pull someone out of the cycle of habitual homelessness.
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  • As a result, a digital point-and-shoot camera can become your habitual companion on all your adventures.
  • Most buyers so far have been habitual early-adopters of new gadgets.
  • Yet there is a real and urgent need for technologies that can keep habitual drunks off the road.
British Dictionary definitions for habitual


(usually prenominal) done or experienced regularly and repeatedly: the habitual Sunday walk
(usually prenominal) by habit: a habitual drinker
customary; usual: his habitual comment
Derived Forms
habitually, adverb
habitualness, noun
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Word Origin and History for habitual

mid-15c., from Medieval Latin habitualis "pertaining to habit or dress," from Latin habitus (see habit (n.)).

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