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Definition of "habitual" []

  • Of the nature of a habit: habitual lying. (adjective)
  • Being such by force of habit: a habitual liar. See Synonyms at chronic. (adjective)
  • Established by long use; usual: my habitual place. See Synonyms at usual. (adjective)
  • Grammar Designating an action or state that lasts for or is repeated over an extended duration, expressed in English by such means as the simple present tense (She works downtown) and the phrase used to (A factory used to be located at that intersection). (adjective)
  • Done or experienced regularly and repeatedly (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • By habit (adjective)
  • Customary; usual (adjective)

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Use "habitual" in a sentence
  • "BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 1 — Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki lashed out at the American military on Thursday, denouncing what he characterized as habitual attacks by troops against Iraqi civilians."
  • "BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 1 — Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki lashed out at the American military on Thursday, denouncing what he characterized as habitual attacks by troops against Iraqi civiliians"
  • "From the NYT:Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki lashed out at the American military on Thursday, denouncing what he characterized as habitual attacks by troops against Iraqi civilians...."