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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
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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.


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A repetitious behavior pattern.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

habit, habit of growth

The distinctive appearance and pattern of growth of a plant.
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Specifically, she states the undesirability of a determination of habitual residence where the child has never been present in England.
Questionarios e entrevistas se engajam na metodologia de avaliar a classificacao de atividade fisica habitual da populacao, por ser um metodo nao invasivo e de facil aplicacao, porem nao ha uma precisao nos dados que neles sao apresentados, ja que a populacao pode se confundir ao interpretar o contexto das perguntas (Guedes e Guedes, 2006; Lima e colaboradores, 2010), para ocupar esta lacuna o interessante e analisar no modo face a face (individual), mas a grande dificuldade e a memoria das atividades realizadas (Lima e colaboradores, 2010).
The Z score of the exercise group was significantly higher than that of the nonexercise group, indicating that habitual exercise attenuates the reduction of bone density in the calcaneus (Figure 1(a)).
Habitual expresses a situation that usually repeats on different occasions over a period of time.
Speaking to ANI here, Ahuja said, "Pehlu Khan's sons and his brothers were and are habitual offenders.
Habitual tardiness is classified as a light offense under Section 50, paragraph F (4), Rule 10 of the 2017 Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service (RACCS) and is punishable by reprimand for the first offense; suspension of one to 30 days for the second offense; and dismissal from the service for the third offense.
We can highlight that 56% of those who had never smoked water pipes lived in a family with a habitual smoker, while 80% of students who were habitual smokers lived with one or more habitually smoking relatives; the higher the number of cohabiting smokers, the higher the prevalence of habitual waterpipe and cigarette use among students (figure).
Walker, 31, previously of the 2100 block of South 15th Street, was found guilty of the offense of armed habitual criminal following a two-day trial that concluded Tuesday, according to the Kane County state's attorney's office.
Analysts from the Institute for Financial Policy (IFP), running under the Finance Ministry, tried to calculate the economic impacts of such a lifestyle.In their recent analysis, they took a look at the so-called habitual residence, which reflects the centre of economic life and population flows.
However, there has been little research into the formation of leaders' habitual behaviors and the impact of existing and potential capabilities on innovation activities.
Where a defendant had previously pleaded guilty to two charges of assault and battery arising from two distinct criminal episodes, the sentencing enhancements for habitual offenders were applicable even though the two predicate convictions stemmed from a single criminal proceeding.
Rashid's (widow) shared that their children were habitual to embrace their father while sleeping.