Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like "large" or "late."
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in "a habitual error"
2. After a linking verb, as in "The error was habitual.")
Something habitual is like a habit: it's done on a regular basis or done over and over again.
habit, habitually, habitualness
How to use it:
Talk about someone's habitual behavior, his habitual manners, her habitual lateness, the animal's habitual diet, a habitual liar, those habitual thrill-seekers, and so on.
When you're trying to operate a smoothly running business, it's irritating to deal with habitually late employees.
With habitual shopping being your only hobby, you'll soon go broke.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "habitual" means when you can explain it without saying "habit" or "behavior."
Think of a routine you enjoy, and fill in the blanks: "My habitual (day and/or time) activity is _____."
Example: "My habitual weekday morning activity is sweeping the floors while savoring a clean start to the day."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don't go straight to the review now; let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
This month's game is "guess the common word based on the given literal root meanings." Try it out each day and see the right answer the next day. It can be fun and illuminating to see the literal meanings of words when they came into the language! More than one right answer might be possible in some cases, just so you know. Also, it's okay if you can't come up with most or even any of the answers on your own; just check out the solutions and you'll learn the roots as you go along this month.
"to/toward" + "fold" = ?
Try this one today:
"shade/shadow" + "little" = ?
A Point Well Made:
Farming adage: "You can't fatten a pig by weighing it."
1. The opposite of HABITUAL is
2. Because he was a habitually convicted felon, the thief _____.
A. was sent home with merely a warning this time
B. got away with each attempt
C. was sentenced to life in jail this time
Answers are below.
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Disclaimer: Word meanings presented here are expressed in plain language and are limited to common, useful applications only. Readers interested in authoritative and multiple definitions of words are encouraged to check a dictionary. Likewise, word meanings, usage, and pronunciations are limited to American English; these elements may vary across world Englishes.
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