- 1According to the customs or usual practices associated with a particular society, place, or set of circumstances: it is customary to mark an occasion like this with a toastMore example sentences
- It is customary for local associations to make decisions on such matters as membership sales and nomination deadlines, the former MLA said.
- It is customary to associate the march of reason with a rejection of ritual and ceremony.
- It is customary for artists to perceive themselves as the conscience of society.
- 1.1 [attributive] According to a person’s habitual practice: I put the kettle on for our customary cup of coffeeMore example sentences
- She was drinking her customary cup of coffee, and looked up at me when I entered.
- After a training session on the beach at Filey the players also enjoyed their now customary pre-FA Cup match meal of fish and chips at the Three Tuns pub in the seaside town.
- In Europe many people drink a cup of this herbal tea as their customary nightcap to relax them before going to bed.
- 1.2 Law Established by or based on custom rather than common law or statute.More example sentences
- The ICC Statute codifies international customary laws in another respect as well.
- In 1995, the government established a legal system based on English common law and customary law.
- It is based on centuries of customary international law.
- 1.3(In South Africa) relating to black African traditional custom or law.More example sentences
- The Act defines a customary marriage as one negotiated, celebrated or concluded in terms of any of the systems of indigenous African customary law in South Africa.
noun (plural customaries)• historical Back to top
- another term for custumal.More example sentences
- After the initial customaries, and reminiscing about the holiday, he proceeded to tell me about his life.
- Yet all these customaries were a mere preamble.
- Things that would otherwise be impossible to say are precisely suggested by just the degree of deviation from the expected or the customary.
late Middle English (as a noun): from medieval Latin custumarius, from custuma, from Anglo-Norman French custume (see custom).