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1. The process of habituating or the state of being habituated.
2. Physiological tolerance to a drug resulting from repeated use.
3. Psychology The decline in responsiveness to a stimulus due to repeated exposure.
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1. the act or process of habituating
2. (Psychology) psychol the temporary waning of an innate response that occurs when it is elicited many times in succession. Compare extinction6
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(həˌbɪtʃ uˈeɪ ʃən)

1. the act of habituating.
2. the condition of being habituated.
3. physiological tolerance to or psychological dependence on a drug, caused by continued use.
4. reduction of psychological or behavioral response to a stimulus as a result of repeated or prolonged exposure.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.habituation - being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)habituation - being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)
narcotic - a drug that produces numbness or stupor; often taken for pleasure or to reduce pain; extensive use can lead to addiction
physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state - the condition or state of the body or bodily functions
drug addiction, white plague - an addiction to a drug (especially a narcotic drug)
2.habituation - a general accommodation to unchanging environmental conditions
accommodation, adjustment, fitting - making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances
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These SUV drivers tend to either be overly-aggressive men or overly-insecure women drivers hiding behind the armor of over two-tons of steel as they go about their respectively ignorant habits. The SUV drivers are the worst of the bunch because their vehicles are the most dangerous to other drivers because of their height and weight; it is the most unsafe to maneuver and most likely to roll over, while at the same time it provides its driver with a misplaced sense of invulnerability as they speed on with little care to others.
The careless and ignorant habits of early industry had left the vacated ground so polluted that the soil had to be removed and replaced to a depth of six metres.