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customary

[kuhs-tuh-mer-ee] /ˈkʌs təˌmɛr i/
adjective
1.
according to or depending on custom; usual; habitual.
2.
of or established by custom rather than law.
3.
Law. defined by long-continued practices:
the customary service due from land in a manor.
noun, plural customaries.
4.
a book or document containing the legal customs or customary laws of a locality.
5.
any body of such customs or laws.
Origin of customary
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
customarily
[kuhs-tuh-mer-uh-lee for emphasis, kuhs-tuh-mair-uh-lee] /ˈkʌs təˌmɛr ə li for emphasis, ˌkʌs təˈmɛər ə li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
noncustomarily, adverb
noncustomary, adjective
uncustomarily, adverb
uncustomary, adjective
Synonyms
1. wonted, accustomed, conventional, common, regular. See usual.
Antonyms
1. uncommon.
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Examples from the Web for uncustomary
Historical Examples
  • They all confessed that it was really so uncustomary that they did not know but what they would have to give notice.

    Last Words Stephen Crane
  • Customs are made for customary circumstances, and customary characters: and his circumstances or his character may be uncustomary.

    On Liberty John Stuart Mill
  • To refuse it was as uncustomary and as rude as to refuse the Alaskan miner who offers a drink at a public bar.

  • So true is it that unnatural generally means only uncustomary, and that everything which is usual appears natural.

    The Subjection of Women John Stuart Mill
  • It shows how human nature can adapt itself to the most uncustomary things.

  • The matter is different when we do not properly estimate an uncustomary sense-impression.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
  • In France it is not uncustomary to commit suicide at this stage; in England we do much better, or much worse, as the case may be.

    Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for uncustomary

uncustomary

/ʌnˈkʌstəmərɪ; -təmrɪ/
adjective
1.
not in accordance with custom or habitual practice

customary

/ˈkʌstəmərɪ; -təmrɪ/
adjective
1.
in accordance with custom or habitual practice; usual; habitual
2.
(law)
  1. founded upon long continued practices and usage rather than law
  2. (of land, esp a feudal estate) held by custom
noun (pl) -aries
3.
  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 uncustomary

customary

adj.

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

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