Definition of habitual adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//həˈbɪtʃuəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//həˈbɪtʃuəl//
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  1. 1[only before noun] usual or typical of somebody/something They waited for his habitual response. (formal) a person’s place of habitual residence She sat smoking her habitual cigarette.
  2. 2(of an action) done, often in a way that is annoying or difficult to stop habitual complaining the habitual use of heroin
  3. 3[only before noun] (of a person) doing something that has become a habit and is therefore difficult to stop a habitual criminal/drinker/liar, etc. Some speakers do not pronounce the ‘h’ at the beginning of habitual and use ‘an’ instead of ‘a’ before it. This now sounds old-fashioned.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘part of one's character’): from medieval Latin habitualis, from habitus ‘condition, appearance’, from habere ‘have, consist of’.Extra examples Habitual criminals were required to report once a month to a police station after they were released. He reacted with his habitual cynicism He sat smoking his habitual cigarette. He was a habitual cocaine user. Is habitual drunkenness considered to be grounds for divorce? She reverted to her habitual frown. The contract was made by parties whose places of habitual residence are in different states. The mechanic had been dismissed for habitual lateness. a habitual criminal
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: habitual