Definition of consuetude in English:


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mainly Scottish
  • An established custom, especially one having legal force.

    ‘The Moderns were frequently critical of Progress, not because they favoured old verities and consuetudes, but because Progress attempted to pass itself off as Nature, or as History itself.’
    • ‘Obviously, consuetude and orality still retained their primary role: a huge number of institutional, personal, and juridical relationships were never sanctioned in written form.’
    • ‘We conclude by discussing the implications of consuetude for political and social behavior.’
    • ‘They were pooped, but consuetude dictated that they remain upright for another 30 minutes.’
    • ‘Any consuetude of brown bag lunches was intended to be flushed.’
    • ‘Most traditions and consuetudes, outliving centuries, and is with today care kept Ukrainians in the folk creation, folk-lore, wares of folk skilled craftsmen.’
    • ‘We would like to repeat the ancient invitation of giving an affectionate welcome so it becomes, for many, a pleasant consuetude.’
    • ‘The society macroclimate of seeking the liberation was cleaning up the outmoded consuetudes on the style of the costume, which tended to be succinct, and people strived to be simple and elegant on the hue and paid attention to embody female's natural beauty.’
    • ‘With the re-emergement of the feminist movement in the 1960s, these patriarchal consuetudes have been brought to the attention of legal systems throughout the world, and attempts to rectify them in the name of equality have been done through various means, and to disparate levels of success.’
    • ‘This, together with new desires for fine art critical of anaemic and attenuated art consuetudes, as well as the arrival of several generations of artists who grew up, cherish and wish to merge vernacular and fine art approaches, has led to a new variety of art, which Hill now seeks to name.’
    • ‘In it the king sets forth that he has made a burgh (burgum fecisse) at his new castle upon Are, and has granted to the burgh and its burgesses all the liberties and free consuetudes which his other burghs and burgesses through his kingdom enjoy.’
    • ‘Already the new men in the house were about as numerous as the war veterans and one could almost see and feel that there was going to be a question - the question of just how to teach so many new men the ‘old consuetudes.’’
    tradition, practice, usage, observance, way, convention, procedure, ceremony, ritual, ordinance, form, formality, fashion, mode, manner



/ˈkänswəˌto͞od/ /ˈkɑnswəˌtud/


Late Middle English from Old French, or from Latin consuetudo (see custom).