Definition of habitual in English:

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Pronunciation: /həˈbiCH(o͞o)əl/


1Done or doing constantly or as a habit: a habitual late sleeper this pattern of behavior can become habitual
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  • 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.
constant, persistent, continual, continuous, perpetual, nonstop, recurrent, repeated, frequent;
interminable, incessant, ceaseless, endless, never-ending
informal eternal
1.1Regular; usual: his habitual dress
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  • 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.
customary, accustomed, regular, usual, normal, set, fixed, established, well established, routine, common, ordinary, familiar, traditional, typical, general, characteristic, standard, time-honored
literary wonted


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

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Syllabification: ha·bit·u·al

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