an established custom
"it was their habit to dine at 7 every evening"
(psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition
"owls have nocturnal habits"; "she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; "long use had hardened him to it"
a distinctive attire worn by a member of a religious order
the general form or mode of growth (especially of a plant or crystal)
"a shrub of spreading habit"
habit, riding habitnoun
attire that is typically worn by a horseback rider (especially a woman's attire)
substance abuse, drug abuse, habitverb
excessive use of drugs
put a habit on
Hence: The distinctive clothing worn commonly by nuns or monks; as, in the late 1900's many orders of nuns discarded their habits and began to dress as ordinary lay women.
(Biol.) The general appearance and manner of life of a living organism. Specifically, the tendency of a plant or animal to grow in a certain way; as, the deciduous habit of certain trees.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: habitus, Latin.
Into a madman’s rags, t’ assume a semblance
The very dogs disdain’d; and in this habit
Met I my father. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
If you have any justice, any pity;
If ye be any thing, but churchmen’s habits. William Shakespeare.
Both the poets being dressed in the same English habit, story compared with story, judgment may be made betwixt them. John Dryden, Fables, Preface.
The scenes are old, the habits are the same
We wore last year. John Dryden, Indian Emperor.
There are among the statues several of Venus, in different habits. Joseph Addison, on Italy.
The clergy are the only set of men who wear a distinct habit from others. Jonathan Swift.
He hath a better bad habit of frowning than the count Palatine. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.
This is the last fatal step but one, which is, by frequent repetition of the sinful act, to continue and persist in it, ’till at length it settles into a fixed confirmed habit of sin; which being properly that which the apostle calls the finishing of sin, ends certainly in death; death not only as to merit, but also as to actual infliction. Robert South, Sermons.
No civil broils have since his death arose,
But faction now by habit does obey;
And wars have that respect for his repose,
As winds for halcyons when they breed at sea. Dryden.
The force of education is so great, that we may mould the minds and manners of the young into what shape we please, and give the impressions of such habits as shall ever afterwards remain. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.
To dress; to accoutre; to array.
Etymology: from the noun.
Present yourself and your fair princess
She shall be habited as it becomes
The partner of your bed. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.
Having called to his memory Sir George Villiers, and the cloaths he used to wear, in which at that time he seemed to be habited, he thought him to be that person. Edward Hyde.
They habited themselves like those rural deities, and imitated them in their rustick dances. Dryden.
A habit (or wont as a humorous and formal term) is a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously.The American Journal of Psychology (1903) defined a "habit, from the standpoint of psychology, [as] a more or less fixed way of thinking, willing, or feeling acquired through previous repetition of a mental experience." Habitual behavior often goes unnoticed in persons exhibiting it, because a person does not need to engage in self-analysis when undertaking routine tasks. Habits are sometimes compulsory. A 2002 daily experience study by habit researcher Wendy Wood and her colleagues found that approximately 43% of daily behaviors are performed out of habit. New behaviours can become automatic through the process of habit formation. Old habits are hard to break and new habits are hard to form because the behavioural patterns which humans repeat become imprinted in neural pathways, but it is possible to form new habits through repetition.When behaviors are repeated in a consistent context, there is an incremental increase in the link between the context and the action. This increases the automaticity of the behavior in that context. Features of an automatic behavior are all or some of: efficiency; lack of awareness; unintentionality; and uncontrollability.
the usual condition or state of a person or thing, either natural or acquired, regarded as something had, possessed, and firmly retained; as, a religious habit; his habit is morose; elms have a spreading habit; esp., physical temperament or constitution; as, a full habit of body
the general appearance and manner of life of a living organism
fixed or established custom; ordinary course of conduct; practice; usage; hence, prominently, the involuntary tendency or aptitude to perform certain actions which is acquired by their frequent repetition; as, habit is second nature; also, peculiar ways of acting; characteristic forms of behavior
outward appearance; attire; dress; hence, a garment; esp., a closely fitting garment or dress worn by ladies; as, a riding habit
to dress; to clothe; to array
to accustom; to habituate. [Obs.] Chapman
Etymology: [OE. habiten to dwell, F. habiter, fr. L. habitare to have frequently, to dwell, intens. fr. habere to have. See Habit, n.]
Habits are routines of behavior that are repeated regularly and tend to occur subconsciously. In the American Journal of Psychology it is defined in this way: "A habit, from the standpoint of psychology, is a more or less fixed way of thinking, willing, or feeling acquired through previous repetition of a mental experience." Habitual behavior often goes unnoticed in persons exhibiting it, because a person does not need to engage in self-analysis when undertaking routine tasks. Habituation is an extremely simple form of learning, in which an organism, after a period of exposure to a stimulus, stops responding to that stimulus in varied manners. Habits are sometimes compulsory. The process by which new behaviours become automatic is habit formation. Examples of habit formation are the following: If you instinctively reach for a cigarette the moment you wake up in the morning, you have a habit. Also, if you lace up your running shoes and hit the streets as soon as you get home, you've acquired a habit. Old habits are hard to break and new habits are hard to form because the behavioural patterns we repeat are imprinted in our neural pathways. But the good news is that it is possible to form new habits through repetition.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
hab′it, n. ordinary course of conduct: tendency to perform certain actions: general condition or tendency, as of the body: practice: custom: outward appearance: dress, esp. any official or customary costume: a garment, esp. a tight-fitting dress, with a skirt, worn by ladies on horseback.—v.t. to dress:—pr.p. hab′iting; pa.p. hab′ited.—adj. Hab′ited, clothed, dressed.—ns. Hab′it-mak′er, one who makes women's riding-habits; Hab′it-shirt, a thin muslin or lace under-garment worn by women on the neck and shoulders, under the dress.—adj. Habit′ūal, formed or acquired by frequent use: customary.—adv. Habit′ūally.—v.t. Habit′ūāte, to cause to acquire a habit: to accustom.—ns. Habitūā′tion; Hab′itūde, tendency from acquiring a habit: usual manner; Habitué (hab-it′ū-ā), a habitual frequenter of any place of entertainment, &c.—Habit and repute, a phrase in Scotch law to denote something so notorious that it affords strong and generally conclusive evidence of the facts to which it refers; Habit of body, the general condition of the body as outwardly apparent: any constitutional tendency or weakness. [Fr.,—L. habitus, state, dress—habēre, to have.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
The buffer of our feelings; the armor that protects our nerve-force; the great economizer of energy.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'habit' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4075
Rank popularity for the word 'habit' in Nouns Frequency: #1126
The numerical value of habit in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of habit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.
Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.
We should get into the habit of reading inspirational books, looking at inspirational pictures, hearing inspirational music, associating with inspirational friends.
Next to the habit of drifting, the most dangerous human trait is the lack of caution.
Promptitude is not only a duty, but is also a part of good manners; it is favorable to fortune, reputation, influence, and usefulness; a little attention and energy will form the habit, so as to make it easy and delightful.
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- costum, hàbitCatalan, Valencian
- návyk, zvykCzech
- Kutte, Gewohnheit, HabitusGerman
- έξη, ράσο, εθισμός, συνήθειαGreek
- vesto, kutimoEsperanto
- hábito, costumbre, uniformeSpanish
- tapa, kilpailuasu, kaapu, asuFinnish
- habiller, habitude, costume, uniforme, habitFrench
- taithí, gnás, cleachtadh, béas, nósIrish
- cleachdadhScottish Gaelic
- hábito, costumeGalician
- coamrey, oash, cliaghteyManx
- abitidHaitian Creole
- szokás, csuhaHungarian
- սովորություն, սովորույթArmenian
- habitude, habitoInterlingua
- abito monacale, abito talare, abitudine, consuetudine, tonaca, saio, uniformeItalian
- 습관, 習慣, 버릇Korean
- सवय, रीती, स्वरूपMarathi
- kebiasaan, tabiatMalay
- ဝသီ, အလေ့အကျင့်Burmese
- gewoonte, habijt, pij, kleden, truitjes, kledij, uitdossing, verslaving, tic, automatisme, zich, uniform, kledingDutch
- vane, sedvaneNorwegian
- costuma, abitudOccitan
- ਆਦਤ, ਆਦਤਾਂPanjabi, Punjabi
- nawyk, zwyczaj, habitPolish
- deisa, disa, adüsRomansh
- obicei, habitudineRomanian
- привычка, традиция, обычай, обыкновение, рясаRussian
- navika, privikaSerbo-Croatian
- thói quen, tập quán, 習慣Vietnamese
- kösömot, kösömotaklotVolapük
- alaedje, mwaijhe abitude, abitude, måle abitudeWalloon
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