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habit

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

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. A. PUZYREI

habit

[′hab·ət]
(crystallography)
(psychology)
A repetitious behavior pattern.

habit, habit of growth

The distinctive appearance and pattern of growth of a plant.
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This was too much for Elizabeth to bear, so she took to wearing her riding habit "which I could put on myself and I would get up very early and go for long walks."
And the evidence of whip cases since the recommendations of the BHA whip review were first introduced in October indicates jockeys have largely made adjustments to their riding habits, according to Professional Jockeys Association chief executive Paul Struthers.
I'm not sure why taxpayers in the 40-odd states with no regular Amtrak service should be subsidizing the riding habits of rich guys in the Boston-to-Washington corridor, at all.
This finding was especially significant because riders reported they were making changes in their riding habits during the winter, when most trail tread damage occurs.
* When riding in a group, get to know the riding habits of those around you.
The second features the Motorcycle Mentorship program, which is being implemented to reduce two-wheel mishaps by allowing experienced riders to demonstrate responsible motorcycle riding habits and skills to new riders while having fun in the process.
"But as a result of some of their riding habits some are going to die."
Some focus on ostensibly innocent matters such as the wearing of men's clothes and riding habits, but others bemoan claims for equality within marriage, the right to publish and to practice science, and the right to a say in political matters.
Tom Vilsack proclaimed May Motorcycle Month, A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education (ABATE), an association of motorcycle enthusiasts that promotes safe riding habits and lobbies for favorable legislation, organized an awareness ride.
For this reason, Magas agreed with Brustin that attorneys must carefully review a potential client's riding habits before agreeing to taking a case.
Young men shout a friendly "Bob Brother!" and some of them, perhaps referring to my riding habits, hail me with a thunderous "Young Man!" Curious men cease to interrogate me distrustfully and begin to question me calmly, as if to signal that they are no longer interested to prove that the claims of my Christian religion are false but, rather, they wish to understand better the reasons for my way of life and concern for the lives of neglected others.