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Definition of Habit


  1. 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. The general appearance and manner of life of a living organism.
  3. 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.
  4. Outward appearance; attire; dress; hence, a garment; esp., a closely fitting garment or dress worn by ladies; as, a riding habit.
  5. To inhabit.
  6. To dress; to clothe; to array.
  7. To accustom; to habituate. [Obs.] Chapman.

Habit Quotations

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.
Maya Angelou

Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it.
Ralph Marston

Quality is not an act, it is a habit.

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
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Habit Translations

habit in Afrikaans is gebruik, gewoonte
habit in Dutch is aanwensel, hebbelijkheid
habit in Finnish is tapa
habit in French is habitude, configuration
habit in German is Angewohnheit {f}, Beschaffenheit
habit in Latin is adsuetudo
habit in Norwegian is drakt, vane
habit in Swedish is sedvana, sed, vana

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