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An acquired behavior or trait that is so long practiced as to seem innate.
[From the proverb Habit is second nature.]
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a habit, characteristic, etc, not innate but so long practised or acquired as to seem so
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a habit or tendency that is so deeply ingrained as to appear automatic.
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second nature- Originally Latin secundum naturam, "according to nature," it is from Aristotelian philosophy and contrasts with phenomena that are super naturam ("above nature," such as God's grace), extra naturam ("outside nature"), supra naturam ("beyond nature," such as miracles), or contra naturam ("against nature").
See also related terms for phenomena.
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