H h


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [huh-bich-oo-uh l]
    • /həˈbɪtʃ u əl/
    • /həˈbɪtʃ.u.əl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [huh-bich-oo-uh l]
    • /həˈbɪtʃ u əl/

Definitions of habitual word

  • adjective habitual of the nature of a habit; fixed by or resulting from habit: habitual courtesy. 1
  • adjective habitual being such by habit: a habitual gossip. 1
  • adjective habitual commonly used, followed, observed, etc., as by a particular person; customary: She took her habitual place at the table. 1
  • noun habitual Done or doing constantly or as a habit. 1
  • adjective habitual compulsive 1
  • adjective habitual done out of habit 1

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Origin of habitual

First appearance:

before 1520
One of the 28% oldest English words
1520-30; < Medieval Latin habituālis relating to dress, condition, or habit, equivalent to Latin habitu(s) habit1 + -ālis -al1

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Parts of speech for Habitual


habitual popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for habitual

adj habitual

  • perpetual — continuing or enduring forever; everlasting.
  • inveterate — settled or confirmed in a habit, practice, feeling, or the like: an inveterate gambler.
  • chronic — A chronic illness or disability lasts for a very long time. Compare acute.
  • repeated — done, made, or said again and again: repeated attempts.
  • addicted — Someone who is addicted to a harmful drug cannot stop taking it.

adjective habitual

  • usual — habitual or customary: her usual skill.
  • consistent — Someone who is consistent always behaves in the same way, has the same attitudes towards people or things, or achieves the same level of success in something.
  • established — (of a custom, belief, practice, or institution) Having been in existence for a long time and therefore recognized and generally accepted.
  • practised — skilled or expert; proficient through practice or experience: a practiced hand at politics.
  • long-term — covering a relatively long period of time: a long-term lease.

Antonyms for habitual

adj habitual

  • temporary — an office worker hired, usually through an agency on a per diem basis, for a short period of time.
  • infrequent — happening or occurring at long intervals or rarely: infrequent visits.
  • intermittent — stopping or ceasing for a time; alternately ceasing and beginning again: an intermittent pain.
  • occasional — occurring or appearing at irregular or infrequent intervals; occurring now and then: an occasional headache.
  • unusual — not usual, common, or ordinary; uncommon in amount or degree; exceptional: an unusual sound; an unusual hobby; an unusual response.

adjective habitual

  • uncharacteristic — Also, characteristical. pertaining to, constituting, or indicating the character or peculiar quality of a person or thing; typical; distinctive: Red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn.

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