I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French usuel, from Late Latin usualis, from Latin usus use Date: 14th century 1. accordant with usage, custom, or habit ; normal 2. commonly or ordinarily used <
followed his usual route
3. found in ordinary practice or in the ordinary course of events ; ordinaryusually adverbusualness noun Synonyms: usual, customary, habitual, wonted, accustomed mean familiar through frequent or regular repetition. usual stresses the absence of strangeness or unexpectedness <
my usual order for lunch
. customary applies to what accords with the practices, conventions, or usages of an individual or community <
the customary waiting period before the application is approved
. habitual suggests a practice settled or established by much repetition <
a habitual morning routine
. wonted stresses habituation but usually applies to what is favored, sought, or purposefully cultivated <
his wonted determination
. accustomed is less emphatic than wonted or habitual in suggesting fixed habit or invariable custom <
accepted the compliment with her accustomed modesty
. II. noun Date: 1589 something usual

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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