second nature

noun
an acquired habit or tendency in one's character that is so deeply ingrained as to appear automatic: Neatness is second nature to him.

Origin:
1655–65

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second nature
 
n
a habit, characteristic, etc, not innate but so long practised or acquired as to seem so

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Word Origin & History

second nature
late 14c., from L. secundum naturam "according to nature" (Augustine, Macrobius, etc.), lit. "following nature;" from medieval Aristotelian philosophy, contrasted to phenomena that were super naturam ("above nature," such as God's grace), extra naturam ("outside nature"), supra naturam ("beyond nature,"
such as miracles), contra naturam "against nature," etc.
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second nature

A habit or mode of behavior so long practiced that it seems innate, as in Driving in heavy traffic is second nature to Chris. This expression is a shortened form of an ancient proverb, Custom (or usage) is a second nature, first recorded in 1390. It alludes to the fact that very frequently repeating something makes it seem completely natural or inborn.

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Example sentences
The volunteer's disposition is second nature to this nation.
The scientific jargon for any given field is certainly second nature those
  involved, but not for viewers outside the area.
To launch into audacious rapprochements and impossible implants is second
  nature to him.
Conformity to the discipline of a small society had become almost his second
  nature.
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