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 (hăb′ĭ-to͞od′, -tyo͞od′)
A habitual tendency or way of behaving.

[Middle English, from Latin habitūdō, condition, from habitus; see habit.]
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rare habit or tendency
ˌhabiˈtudinal adj
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(ˈhæb ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud)

1. customary condition or character.
2. a habit or custom.
3. Obs. familiar relationship.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.habitude - habitual mode of behavior
practice, pattern - a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"
daily round, round - the usual activities in your day; "the doctor made his rounds"
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A habitual way of behaving:
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"C'est si difficile, monsieur, quand on n'en a plus l'habitude."
With the shortening of the days all hope of obtaining her husband's forgiveness began to leave her; and there was something of the habitude of the wild animal in the unreflecting instinct with which she rambled on-- disconnecting herself by littles from her eventful past at every step, obliterating her identity, giving no thought to accidents or contingencies which might make a quick discovery of her whereabouts by others of importance to her own happiness, if not to theirs.
The Killer had determined to come back to the place where he had seen the white girl who took to the trees with the ability of long habitude. There was a compelling something in the recollection of her that drew him irresistibly toward her.
At any time it is a strange sight to the tyro to see with what wondrous habitude of unconscious skill the whaleman will maintain an erect posture in his boat, even when pitched about by the most riotously perverse and cross-running seas.
Clare began to drop off those gallantries and small attentions which flowed at first through the habitude of courtship, he found his sultana no way ready to resign her slave; there were abundance of tears, poutings, and small tempests, there were discontents, pinings, upbraidings.
She added with a sort of stony grimness, colouring slightly, and in French, " Ce n'est peut etre qu'une habitude. " ("It may be only habit.")
These men would set out from Montreal with canoes well stocked with goods, with arms and ammunition, and would make their way up the mazy and wandering rivers that interlace the vast forests of the Canadas, coasting the most remote lakes, and creating new wants and habitudes among the natives.
Moreover, my occupations have been always made to chime in with the ordinary habitudes of my fellowmen.
With all their national aptitude at expedient and resource, Wyeth and his men felt themselves completely at a loss when they reached the frontier, and found that the wilderness required experience and habitudes of which they were totally deficient.
Elle a declare que la delegation a fourni des informations sur la lutte contre les mauvaises habitudes et l'initiative de "Saleema" a abandonner les mutilations genitales feminines disant que le Soudan est un pionnier dans le cadre de la sensibilisation communautaire a abandonner cette habitude.
On etait inquiet par l'appel lance par certains deputes puisqu'il s'agit d'une habitude installee depuis des annees, sachant qu'il y a beaucoup des pelerinages et non seulement la Ghriba ', a-t-il precise, relevant tout de meme que le tourisme religieux a connu une baisse.