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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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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.
In an ad taken in the up-market magazine La Grande Dame (published in 1894) Redfern''s offered "dresses, coats, riding habits for hunting or for the woods".
93) than were women who did not ride their bikes, after controlling for participants' baseline ages, bike riding habits, and weight.
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.