Definition of habitual in English:



  • 1Done constantly or as a habit.

    ‘his habitual use of heroin’
    ‘this pattern of behaviour can become habitual’
    • ‘Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual.’
    • ‘Every culture has its own shared, socialized habitual responses, which are charming when on a holiday, but for immigrants trying to function on a daily basis they can be downright frustrating.’
    • ‘This evident social improvement greatly complicates the task of recovering a region of contingency and habitual grace.’
    • ‘Well, that's unfortunate, but what you have done is manage to reveal the fact that a major public figure is not only a habitual liar, but a habitual liar who actively denounces himself in the public forum.’
    • ‘As is now becoming habitual I am continuing my survey of cyber cafes.’
    • ‘The one thing that could have saved them was only six inches away, but without purposeful thought or action, the caterpillars continued with a habitual routine that eventually proved too much to endure.’
    • ‘I have said it before and I'll repeat it now - habitual offenders should not be granted free legal aid on more than three occasions.’
    • ‘The patients, all of whom were habitual heroin users, were aware of an abnormal local reaction from the time of the suspect injection.’
    • ‘Her colonizing urge had less to do with nationality than with opportunity; it was her acquired and habitual method to secure a self that was perpetually threatening to unravel.’
    • ‘Even though the charges themselves are not that serious, under the habitual criminal statute, he could get a major sentence, again, if he is convicted.’
    • ‘With that much time, habitual crack, methamphetamine, or heroin users can test clean.’
    • ‘Sometimes I think I've changed it, but then the habitual tendencies persistently come back.’
    • ‘Cigarette retailers and tobacco farmers are staging a tough campaign against the bill, complaining about the certain reduction in their incomes, not to mention the protests of habitual smokers.’
    • ‘In this report, habitual snoring was defined as a snoring frequency 4 days or more per week, and, if otherwise, nonhabitual snoring was defined.’
    • ‘I'm a psychologist, and my diagnosis of these people who keep saying the tax cut is for the rich is either that they're habitual liars or they have no clue what they're talking about.’
    • ‘It is an 8-week lifestyle program designed to incrementally elicit and sustain habitual physical activity behaviors in previously sedentary people.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We have the habitual sins which we justify as ‘small vices.’’
    • ‘And the habitual use of ‘thank God’ and ‘please God’ seems indicative of the place of the Church in our society.’
    • ‘It re-contextualizes, in other words, the critical perspective by re-inventing it through the habitual practices of popular or mass culture.’
    • ‘Conscious choice repeated often becomes habitual and unconscious.’
    constant, persistent, continual, continuous, perpetual, non-stop, recurrent, repeated, frequent
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    1. 1.1 Doing something constantly or regularly.
      ‘a habitual late sleeper’
      • ‘This works to counter the habitual patterns you have built up through constant repetition.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said the project was a study of habitual, repetitive action.’
      • ‘However, if we wish to overcome the dullness of habitual repetition, to consciously bring new freshness into our daily routines, we can do so by organizing ourselves to a higher level of functioning.’
      inveterate, confirmed, addicted, compulsive, obsessive, incorrigible, hardened, ingrained, dyed-in-the-wool, chronic, by habit, regular
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    2. 1.2 Regular; usual.
      ‘his habitual dress’
      • ‘Weber wrote that a large part of human behavior fell into the traditional or habitual category which, as routinized and unreflective, implied that little or no choice was involved.’
      • ‘In those days, it was usual, though not habitual, for the ‘democracies’ to get their views accepted, even if toned down.’
      • ‘However, the critical point is that this graceful state can be habitual and ordinary because of laziness, pride and hardened heart.’
      • ‘The point is that in all these activities, we are seeking companionship in our usual, habitual way, using our same old repetitive ways of distancing ourselves from the demon loneliness.’
      • ‘In much the same way that new scientific discoveries prompt us to reexamine our habitual understandings of the natural world, these images encourage us to see the familiar in a new light.’
      • ‘The every day refers what is normal, customary and habitual involved in our day-to-day existence coping.’
      • ‘The series expresses those habitual and ordinary everyday lives.’
      • ‘Somewhere in the middle of raising children and spending years together, life can become habitual and nagging, commonplace.’
      • ‘I hate to admit it, but I enjoy routine. I'm a habitual creature.’
      • ‘They are drag queens, not regular, habitual, cross - dressers.’
      • ‘The regulars, sipping their habitual drinks and talking less earnestly, knew the importance of restraint.’
      • ‘I have to ask, how meaningful is a concept that explains all habitual or regular behaviour?’
      • ‘The habitual, gentle and ordinarily longed-for oblivion of the end of the day had morphed into something considerably more sinister.’
      • ‘I said as I dressed in my habitual form-fitting black leather.’
      • ‘It is that they will have a fair system in which the interests of the child will be given some weight, and that it is appropriate that the country of habitual residence ordinarily deal with this issue.’
      • ‘Much more than film, TV shows have a wide, regular, and habitual viewership.’
      • ‘However, on those days or nights that may become memorable, we put more effort into what normally seems monotonous and habitual.’
      • ‘In the questionnaire, there were six standard questions about habitual walking, cycling, and cross-country skiing.’
      • ‘Though virtues of character are acquired from habitual practice and intellectual virtues through rational exercise, the two kinds are yet closely related.’
      • ‘Such a reminder of the depth and reality of our habitual commitment to the common-sense scheme does not, by itself, amount to a demonstration of that scheme's immunity from philosophical criticism.’
      customary, accustomed, regular, usual, normal, set, fixed, established, routine, common, ordinary, familiar, traditional, typical, general, characteristic, standard, time-honoured
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘part of one's character’): from medieval Latin habitualis, from habitus ‘condition, appearance’ (see habit).