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a. A set of customary or unchanging and often mechanically performed activities or procedures: a routine of housework. See Synonyms at method.
b. The practice of such activities or procedures: "Routine had caused stagnation" (Garry Wills).
2. A scripted piece of entertainment, especially in a nightclub or theater: The audience laughed at the comedian's routine.
3. Slang A particular kind of behavior or activity: Must you go into your hurt routine when you don't get your way?
4. Computers A set of programming instructions designed to perform a specific limited task.
1. In accord with established procedure: a routine check of passports.
2. Habitual; regular: made his routine trip to the store.
3. Having no special quality; ordinary: a routine day.

[French, from route, route, from Old French; see route.]

rou·tine′ly adv.
rou·tin′ism n.
rou·tin′ist n.
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behaviour that seems excessively devoted to routine
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the excessive adherence to a routine. — routinist, n.
See also: Behavior
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