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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 same provision is being used by the traffic police to deal with the habitual drunkards holding driving licences.
First, was this concept of habitual residence a legal or factual determination, and second, does habitual residence require any instance of prior presence in the country asserting jurisdiction?
Nesta linha, sensores de movimentos como pedometro, tem sido utilizado para classificar o nivel de atividade fisica habitual, por apresentar boa aplicacao, facil manuseio e baixo custo (Guedes e Guedes, 2006; Porto, 2007; Rosa e colaboradores, 2011), auxiliando na monitoracao da prescricao e estipulando metas de passos diarios (Matsudo, Araujo e Matsudo, 2006).
Recently, several circuits have issued important decisions in regards to determining habitual residence.
Durative progressive habitual expresses a durative progressive situation that is represented as habitual.
Legal experts says that since there was no specific legislation to discourage frivolous petitions, habitual petitioners took it as an opportunity to invoke Article 199 of the Constitution even in matters not in the jurisdiction of the IHC.
Warrier said every habitual offender will be geo-tagged to help police constantly keep track of their movements thereby decreasing crime, especially property offences.
be running businesses While making up less than 1% of the UK population, habitual entrepreneurs set up around one in three providing new products market.
And habitual entrepreneurs may be the solution as they tend to run larger businesses than novice entrepreneurs, which reflects their ability to raise start-up capital from the proceeds of previous businesses or through leverage of existing company assets.
LAHORE -- Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq has said Imran Khan is abuser from top to toe as he has become habitual of hurling abuses on others.
Speaking to ANI, Jain said "Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh has become a habitual offender, we had no option but to cancel their license".
A study has shown that habitual players of action games have fewer neurons in their hippocampus, a key memory centre in the brain.