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inveterate

[in-vet-er-it] /ɪnˈvɛt ər ɪt/
adjective
1.
settled or confirmed in a habit, practice, feeling, or the like:
an inveterate gambler.
2.
firmly established by long continuance, as a disease, habit, practice, feeling, etc.; chronic.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin inveterātus (past participle of inveterāre to grow old, allow to grow old, preserve), equivalent to in- in-2 + veter- (stem of vetus) old + -ātus -ate1; cf. veteran
Related forms
inveterately, adverb
inveterateness, noun
Synonyms
1. hardened, constant, habitual. 2. set, fixed, rooted.
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British Dictionary definitions for inveterateness

inveterate

/ɪnˈvɛtərɪt/
adjective
1.
long established, esp so as to be deep-rooted or ingrained: an inveterate feeling of hostility
2.
(prenominal) settled or confirmed in a habit or practice, esp a bad one; hardened: an inveterate smoker
3.
(obsolete) full of hatred; hostile
Derived Forms
inveteracy, inveterateness, noun
inveterately, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin inveterātus of long standing, from inveterāre to make old, from in-² + vetus old
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Word Origin and History for inveterateness

inveterate

adj.

late 14c., from Latin inveteratus "of long standing, chronic," past participle of inveterare "become old in," from in- "in, into" (see in- (2)) + veterare "to make old," from vetus (genitive veteris) "old" (see veteran).

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inveterateness in Medicine

inveterate in·vet·er·ate (ĭn-vět'ər-ĭt)
adj.

  1. Firmly and long established; deep-rooted.

  2. Persisting in an ingrained habit; habitual.


in·vet'er·a·cy (-ər-ə-sē) or in·vet'er·ate·ness n.
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