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1. Psychol a learned behavioural response that has become associated with a particular situation, esp one frequently repeated
2. Botany Zoology the method of growth, type of existence, behaviour, or general appearance of a plant or animal
3. Crystallog short for crystal habit



an established mode of behavior whose performance by an individual in a certain situation becomes a need. Habits arise from the repeated practice of an action. In contrast to such practice, however, the decisive moment in the formation of a habit is not so much the mastering of an ability or a mode of action as it is the development of a new, functional need to practice this ability under certain conditions. An example is the alleged need to wash one’s hands before eating.

Habits are usually involuntary and for the most part unconscious. They may be the result of upbringing, but they often arise spontaneously. They may be restricted to certain situations, such as the habit of turning off a light when leaving a room, or they may characterize an individual’s overall behavior; examples are the habit of walking rapidly or of speaking softly. Habits develop in all types of activity and embrace all aspects of life. In terms of both social behavioral norms and personality formation, some habits are valuable, leading to the formation of positive character traits. Others are harmful and may develop into undesirable proclivities. Certain habits, particularly those relating to morals, may become permanent character traits.



A repetitious behavior pattern.

habit, habit of growth

The distinctive appearance and pattern of growth of a plant.
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The treaty, which currently has 84 parties, stipulates rules and procedures for the prompt return of children to their habitual country of residence when wrongfully removed or retained in the case of an international divorce.
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The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction establishes procedures that provide for the prompt return of children wrongfully retained or removed from their habitual residence.
2) In reaction to the growing rate of parental abductions, the United Nations developed the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction in 1980 for the purpose of protecting children from wrongful international removals and ensuring that the abducted children are safely returned to their true habitual residence; nevertheless, a substantial amount of law is left for the judicial system to interpret.
Para tanto, analisamos a atualizacao do aspecto habitual em sentencas com a perifrase verbal 'costumava + verbo no infinitivo', levando em conta nao apenas a perifrase isolada, mas tambem outras formas gramaticais de cada sentenca.
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Purpose/Hypothesis: Increased habitual physical activity is an important health-promoting behavior for patients to adopt following coronary bypass (CAB) surgery.