Definition of habitual in English:

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Pronunciation: /həˈbɪtʃʊəl/
Pronunciation: /həˈbɪtjʊəl/


1Done constantly or as a habit: his habitual use of heroin this pattern of behaviour 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, non-stop, recurrent, repeated, frequent;
interminable, incessant, ceaseless, endless, relentless, unrelenting, never-ending, unremitting, sustained, unabating
informal eternal
1.1Doing something constantly or regularly: a habitual late sleeper
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  • 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.
inveterate, confirmed, addicted, compulsive, obsessive, incorrigible, hardened, ingrained, dyed-in-the-wool, chronic, by habit, regular
informal pathological, hooked
1.2Regular; 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, routine, common, ordinary, familiar, traditional, typical, general, characteristic, standard, time-honoured
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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