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Definition of Custom


  1. Frequent repetition of the same act; way of acting common to many; ordinary manner; habitual practice; usage; method of doing or living.
  2. Habitual buying of goods; practice of frequenting, as a shop, manufactory, etc., for making purchases or giving orders; business support.
  3. Long-established practice, considered as unwritten law, and resting for authority on long consent; usage. See Usage, and Prescription.
  4. Familiar aquaintance; familiarity.
  5. To make familiar; to accustom.
  6. To supply with customers.
  7. To have a custom.
  8. The customary toll, tax, or tribute.
  9. Duties or tolls imposed by law on commodities, imported or exported.
  10. To pay the customs of.

Custom Quotations

Let it be your constant method to look into the design of people's actions, and see what they would be at, as often as it is practicable; and to make this custom the more significant, practice it first upon yourself.
Marcus Aurelius

It is the custom of the Roman Church which I unworthily serve with the help of God, to tolerate some things, to turn a blind eye to some, following the spirit of discretion rather than the rigid letter of the law.
Pope Gregory VII

The custom of speaking to God Almighty as freely as with a slave - caring nothing whether the words are suitable or not, but simply saying the first thing that comes to mind from being learnt by rote by frequent repetition - cannot be called prayer: God grant that no Christian may address Him in this manner.
Saint Teresa of Avila

I've always assumed that my parents and my in-laws would live with me when I get older and have children. I just assume it will happen and that it's the right way to do things. It's a deeply Indian custom - that you kind of inherit your parents and your spouse's parents and you take care of them eventually.
Mindy Kaling

Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable.
Soren Kierkegaard
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Custom Translations

custom in Afrikaans is gebruik, gewoonte
custom in Dutch is gewoonte, gebruik, usance
custom in Finnish is tapa
custom in German is Kunden, kundenspezifisch, Gewohnheit, Kundschaft
custom in Italian is usanza, usanza, uso
custom in Latin is consuetudo, adsuetudo
custom in Norwegian is bruk, skikk
custom in Portuguese is costume
custom in Spanish is usanza, costumbre
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