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  • 1Done constantly or as a habit.

    ‘his habitual use of heroin’
    • ‘this pattern of behaviour can become habitual’
    • ‘Side by side, the police stations have been asked to engage one constable each for every habitual offender and submit a report at the end of the month.’
    • ‘The patients, all of whom were habitual heroin users, were aware of an abnormal local reaction from the time of the suspect injection.’
    • ‘It is an 8-week lifestyle program designed to incrementally elicit and sustain habitual physical activity behaviors in previously sedentary people.’
    • ‘I have said it before and I'll repeat it now - habitual offenders should not be granted free legal aid on more than three occasions.’
    • ‘As is now becoming habitual I am continuing my survey of cyber cafes.’
    • ‘Sometimes I think I've changed it, but then the habitual tendencies persistently come back.’
    • ‘This evident social improvement greatly complicates the task of recovering a region of contingency and habitual grace.’
    • ‘Conscious choice repeated often becomes habitual and unconscious.’
    • ‘The one thing that could have saved them was only six inches away, but without purposeful thought or action, the caterpillars continued with a habitual routine that eventually proved too much to endure.’
    • ‘With that much time, habitual crack, methamphetamine, or heroin users can test clean.’
    • ‘Cigarette retailers and tobacco farmers are staging a tough campaign against the bill, complaining about the certain reduction in their incomes, not to mention the protests of habitual smokers.’
    • ‘Her colonizing urge had less to do with nationality than with opportunity; it was her acquired and habitual method to secure a self that was perpetually threatening to unravel.’
    • ‘Every culture has its own shared, socialized habitual responses, which are charming when on a holiday, but for immigrants trying to function on a daily basis they can be downright frustrating.’
    • ‘We have the habitual sins which we justify as ‘small vices.’’
    • ‘It re-contextualizes, in other words, the critical perspective by re-inventing it through the habitual practices of popular or mass culture.’
    • ‘Well, that's unfortunate, but what you have done is manage to reveal the fact that a major public figure is not only a habitual liar, but a habitual liar who actively denounces himself in the public forum.’
    • ‘I'm a psychologist, and my diagnosis of these people who keep saying the tax cut is for the rich is either that they're habitual liars or they have no clue what they're talking about.’
    • ‘In this report, habitual snoring was defined as a snoring frequency 4 days or more per week, and, if otherwise, nonhabitual snoring was defined.’
    • ‘And the habitual use of ‘thank God’ and ‘please God’ seems indicative of the place of the Church in our society.’
    • ‘Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual.’
    • ‘Even though the charges themselves are not that serious, under the habitual criminal statute, he could get a major sentence, again, if he is convicted.’
    constant, persistent, continual, continuous, perpetual, non-stop, recurrent, repeated, frequent
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    1. 1.1Doing something constantly or regularly.
      ‘a habitual late sleeper’
      • ‘He said the project was a study of habitual, repetitive action.’
      • ‘It is the essential nature of work to be perpetual, repetitive, habitual.’
      • ‘He learned that to change his habits he had to rely on reasoning, for the sense of feeling only enables the repetition of familiar, habitual actions.’
      • ‘This works to counter the habitual patterns you have built up through constant repetition.’
      • ‘However, if we wish to overcome the dullness of habitual repetition, to consciously bring new freshness into our daily routines, we can do so by organizing ourselves to a higher level of functioning.’
      inveterate, confirmed, addicted, compulsive, obsessive, incorrigible, hardened, ingrained, dyed-in-the-wool, chronic, by habit, regular
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    2. 1.2Regular; usual.
      ‘his habitual dress’
      • ‘The regulars, sipping their habitual drinks and talking less earnestly, knew the importance of restraint.’
      • ‘The every day refers what is normal, customary and habitual involved in our day-to-day existence coping.’
      • ‘I said as I dressed in my habitual form-fitting black leather.’
      • ‘Much more than film, TV shows have a wide, regular, and habitual viewership.’
      • ‘They are drag queens, not regular, habitual, cross - dressers.’
      • ‘I have to ask, how meaningful is a concept that explains all habitual or regular behaviour?’
      • ‘Weber wrote that a large part of human behavior fell into the traditional or habitual category which, as routinized and unreflective, implied that little or no choice was involved.’
      • ‘Though virtues of character are acquired from habitual practice and intellectual virtues through rational exercise, the two kinds are yet closely related.’
      • ‘I hate to admit it, but I enjoy routine. I'm a habitual creature.’
      • ‘Somewhere in the middle of raising children and spending years together, life can become habitual and nagging, commonplace.’
      • ‘However, on those days or nights that may become memorable, we put more effort into what normally seems monotonous and habitual.’
      • ‘However, the critical point is that this graceful state can be habitual and ordinary because of laziness, pride and hardened heart.’
      • ‘The habitual, gentle and ordinarily longed-for oblivion of the end of the day had morphed into something considerably more sinister.’
      • ‘The point is that in all these activities, we are seeking companionship in our usual, habitual way, using our same old repetitive ways of distancing ourselves from the demon loneliness.’
      • ‘Such a reminder of the depth and reality of our habitual commitment to the common-sense scheme does not, by itself, amount to a demonstration of that scheme's immunity from philosophical criticism.’
      • ‘In those days, it was usual, though not habitual, for the ‘democracies’ to get their views accepted, even if toned down.’
      • ‘It is that they will have a fair system in which the interests of the child will be given some weight, and that it is appropriate that the country of habitual residence ordinarily deal with this issue.’
      • ‘In the questionnaire, there were six standard questions about habitual walking, cycling, and cross-country skiing.’
      • ‘The series expresses those habitual and ordinary everyday lives.’
      • ‘In much the same way that new scientific discoveries prompt us to reexamine our habitual understandings of the natural world, these images encourage us to see the familiar in a new light.’
      customary, accustomed, regular, usual, normal, set, fixed, established, routine, common, ordinary, familiar, traditional, typical, general, characteristic, standard, time-honoured
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/həˈbɪtʃʊəl/ /həˈbɪtjʊəl/


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘part of one's character’): from medieval Latin habitualis, from habitus ‘condition, appearance’ (see habit).