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1. Commonly encountered, experienced, or observed: the usual summer heat.
2. Regularly or customarily used: ended the speech with the usual expressions of thanks.
3. In conformity with regular practice or procedure: Come at the usual time.
as usual
As commonly or habitually happens: As usual, I slept late that Saturday morning.

[Middle English, from Old French usuel, from Late Latin ūsuālis, from Latin ūsus, use, from past participle of ūtī, to use.]

u′su·al·ly adv.
u′su·al·ness n.
Synonyms: usual, accustomed, customary, habitual, inveterate
These adjectives apply to what is expected or familiar because it occurs frequently or recurs regularly: took my usual route to work; resolved the difficulty with her accustomed resourcefulness; observes the customary distinction between "lend" and "borrow"; didn't finish the project because of his habitual laziness; your inveterate fondness for puns.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.usualness - commonness by virtue of not being unusualusualness - commonness by virtue of not being unusual
commonplaceness, everydayness, commonness - ordinariness as a consequence of being frequent and commonplace
familiarity - usualness by virtue of being familiar or well known
unusualness - uncommonness by virtue of being unusual


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It was learnt that he is possibly stepping out of his usualness to put in place a legacy cabinet, which reportedly informed his decision to keep the first-term cabinet in place all through as a way of fully compensating party faithful through the appointees.
Amid all this usualness, something distinctive must be said about the nuptials that have recently got under way.
An attribute that stigmatizes one type of possessor can confirm the usualness of another, and therefore is neither creditable nor discreditable as a thing in itself.