Definition of Habit

1. Noun. An established custom. "It was their habit to dine at 7 every evening"

Exact synonyms: Wont
Generic synonyms: Custom, Tradition
Derivative terms: Habituate

2. Verb. Put a habit on.

3. Noun. (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition. "Long use had hardened him to it"
Exact synonyms: Use
Generic synonyms: Custom, Usage, Usance
Specialized synonyms: Ritual, Second Nature, Cleanliness
Category relationships: Psychological Science, Psychology
Derivative terms: Habitual, Habituate

4. Noun. A distinctive attire worn by a member of a religious order.
Generic synonyms: Attire, Dress, Garb
Specialized synonyms: Frock, Monastic Habit, Nun's Habit
Category relationships: Faith, Religion, Religious Belief

5. Noun. The general form or mode of growth (especially of a plant or crystal). "A shrub of spreading habit"

6. Noun. Attire that is typically worn by a horseback rider (especially a woman's attire).
Exact synonyms: Riding Habit
Generic synonyms: Attire, Dress, Garb
Terms within: Jodhpur Breeches, Jodhpurs, Riding Breeches, Riding Boot

7. Noun. Excessive use of drugs.
Exact synonyms: Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse
Generic synonyms: Abuse, Misuse
Specialized synonyms: Alcohol Abuse, Alcoholic Abuse, Alcoholism Abuse
Derivative terms: Habituate

Definition of Habit

1. n. 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.

2. v. t. To inhabit.

Definition of Habit

1. Noun. An action done on a regular basis. ¹

2. Noun. An action performed repeatedly and automatically, usually without awareness. ¹

3. Noun. A long piece of clothing worn by monks and nuns. ¹

4. Noun. A piece of clothing worn uniformly for a specific activity. ¹

5. Noun. Customary manner of dress. ¹

6. Noun. An addiction. ¹

7. Verb. To clothe. ¹

8. Verb. (archaic) To inhabit. ¹

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Definition of Habit

1. to clothe or dress [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Habit

1. The growth form of a plant, comprising its size, shape, texture and orientation. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Habit

habit (current term)
habit chorea
habit scoliosis
habit spasm
habit tic
habitable zone

Literary usage of Habit

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1. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1903)
"A habit, from the standpoint of psychology, is a more or less fixed way of ... The habit, strictly speaking, is the similar form as regards feeling which ..."

2. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle, Robert Williams (1869)
"logically from its root, " habit." | And hence too it is clear that no one of ... A stone, which of its own nature moves downwards, no force of habit will ..."

3. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle (1891)
"This sort of philosophizing will no more produce a healthy habit of mind than this sort of treatment will produce a healthy habit of body. an emotion, . 5. ..."

4. Talks to Teachers on Psychology by William James (1901)
"THE LAWS OF habit IT is very important that teachers should realize the importance of habit, and psychology helps us greatly at this point. ..."

5. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"(a) The Morphin habit and the Morphin Psychoses As with alcohol, certain people have nervous systems ... Once established, the habit is very hard to break. ..."

6. Psychological Review by American Psychological Association (1895)
"After describing the phenomena of habit, the author discusses the process of ... The formation of habit depends, in the main, on repetition of impression; ..."

7. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1908)
"habit. Are growth and evolution forms of memory and habit? K. Darwin. Sei. Am. 99: 207. ... habit—Continued. habit illustrated by movement and morphology. ..."

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