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habitual

Syllabification: ha·bit·u·al
Pronunciation: /həˈbiCH(əw)əl
 
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Definition of habitual in English:

adjective

1Done or doing constantly or as a habit: a habitual late sleeper this pattern of behavior can become habitual
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1Regular; usual: his habitual dress
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with habitual

ritual

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