If something is habitual, it's what you usually do. Your habitual jeans and t shirt might work for school, but try dressing up for the opera.


Formed or acquired by habit or use.

Adjective S.
having a habit of long standing; "a chronic smoker"

Adjective S.
commonly used or practiced; usual; "his accustomed thoroughness"; "took his customary morning walk"; "his habitual comment"; "with her wonted candor"

Adjective S.
made a norm or custom or habit; "his habitual practice was to eat an early supper"; "her habitual neatness"

Formed or acquired by habit or use.

According to habit; established by habit; customary; constant; as, the habiual practice of sin.


Ha*bit"ual , a. [Cf. F. habituel, LL. habituals. See Habit, n.] 1. Formed or acquired by habit or use.
An habitual knowledge of certain rules and maxims.
2. According to habit; established by habit; customary; constant; as, the habiual practice of sin.
It is the distinguishing mark of habitual piety to be grateful for the most common and ordinary blessings.
Syn. -- Customary; accustomed; usual; common; wonted; ordinary; regular; familiar. -- Ha*bit"u*al*ly, adv. -- Ha*bit"u*al*ness, n.

Formed or acquired by habit or use.


Usage Examples

Life is the art of being well deceived and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted.

There are as many kinds of beauty as there are habitual ways of seeking happiness.

People talk about the courage of condemned men walking to the place of execution: sometimes it needs as much courage to walk with any kind of bearing towards another person's habitual misery.

Our faith comes in moments our vice is habitual.

The scariest thought in the world is that someday I'll wake up and realize I've been sleepwalking through my life: underappreciating the people I love, making the same hurtful mistakes over and over, a slave to neuroses, fear, and the habitual.

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Other Usage Examples

Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another.

Habitual texters may not only cheat their existing relationships, they can also limit their ability to form future ones since they don't get to practice the art of interpreting nonverbal visual cues.

In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue.

There is no defense against adverse fortune which is so effectual as an habitual sense of humor.

I am sure that the sad days and happenings were rare, and that I lived the joyous and careless life of other children but just because the happy days were so habitual to me they made no impression upon my mind, and I can no longer recall them.

The strength of a man's virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts.


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