usual


usual
usual, customary, habitual, wonted, accustomed can mean familiar through frequent or regular repetition.
Usual stresses the absence of strangeness and is applicable to whatever is normally expected or happens in the ordinary course of events
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they paid the usual fee

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open for business as usual

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it appeared to him to be the usual castle, and he saw nothing unusual in the manner of his reception by the usual old lord— Henry Adams

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the characters were better drawn than is usual in romantic drama— Quinn

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darkness caused them to speak much louder than usualDahl

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Customary often implies characteristic or distinguishing quality, and is applied to whatever is according to the usual or prevailing practices, conventions, or usages of a particular person or, especially, of a particular community
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having her customary cup of tea before walking down the road to the bus stop— Salinger

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we had no idea how men behave when their customary way of life is disrupted— Lippmann

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Sometimes invariable or fixed quality is implied
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the assumption that whatever has been customary must be bad, and that anything which is or seems novel must be good— Grandgent

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Habitual implies settled or established practice, and is commonly applied to what has settled by long repetition into a habit
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his habitual energy

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a habitual smile

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I stop ashamed, for I am talking habitual thoughts, and not adapting them to her ear— Yeats

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shut away from all that was familiar and habitual to him— Hervey

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Wonted, a somewhat bookish word, stresses habituation, but tends to be applied to what is favored, sought, or purposefully cultivated
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in revolutionary times when all our wonted certainties are violently called in question— Moberly

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robbed him of his peace, destroying his pleasure in wonted things— Parrington

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Accustomed is often interchangeable with wonted and customary, but it is a more familiar word than the first and is weaker in its suggestions of custom and fixity than the second
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work with accustomed diligence

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even his evening clothes were as habitual as his breath and hung on him with a weary and accustomed grace as if he had been born in them— Wolfe

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Analogous words: *regular, natural, normal, typical: *common, ordinary, familiar: prevalent, *prevailing, rife, current

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  • usual — [yo͞o′zhə wəl, yo͞ozh′wəl] adj. [ME < MFr < LL usualis < L usus: see USE] such as is in common or ordinary use; such as is most often seen, heard, used, etc.; common; ordinary; customary SYN. NORMAL as usual in the usual way usually adv …   English World dictionary

  • usual — I adjective abundant, accepted, accustomed, acknowledged, average, banal, casual, characteristic, characterless, colorless, common, commonplace, conformable, conforming, consistent, consuetudinal, consuetudinary, conventional, current, customary …   Law dictionary

  • Usual — U su*al, a. [L. usualis, from usus use: cf. F. usuel. See {Use}, n.] Such as is in common use; such as occurs in ordinary practice, or in the ordinary course of events; customary; ordinary; habitual; common. [1913 Webster] Consultation with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • usual — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. usuel (late 13c.), from L.L. usualis ordinary, from L. usus custom (see USE (Cf. use)). The usual suspects is from a line delivered by Claude Rains (as a French police inspector) in Casablanca (1942) …   Etymology dictionary

  • usual — (Del lat. usuālis). 1. adj. Que común o frecuentemente se usa o se practica. 2. Dicho de una persona: Tratable, sociable y de buen genio. 3. Dicho de una cosa: Que se puede usar con facilidad. ☛ V. interpretación usual …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Usual — may refer to: *Common *Normal *Standard …   Wikipedia

  • usual — adj. 2 g. 1. Que é de uso frequente. = COMUM, HABITUAL, ORDINÁRIO ≠ INUSUAL, RARO 2. Que acontece muitas vezes. = FREQUENTE • s. m. 3. Aquilo que é habitual. 4. Livro de consulta livre numa biblioteca. (Geralmente no plural.) • usuais s. m. pl. 5 …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • usual — [adj] common, typical accepted, accustomed, average, chronic, commonplace, constant, conventional, current, customary, cut and dried*, everyday, expected, familiar, fixed, frequent, garden variety*, general, grind, habitual, mainstream, matter of …   New thesaurus

  • usual — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ habitually or typically occurring or done. ► NOUN informal 1) the drink someone habitually prefers. 2) the thing which is typically done or present. DERIVATIVES usually adverb. ORIGIN Latin usualis, from usus a use …   English terms dictionary

  • usual — u|su|al W2S2 [ˈju:ʒuəl, ˈju:ʒəl] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Late Latin; Origin: usualis, from Latin usus; USE1] 1.) happening, done, or existing most of the time or in most situations ▪ Make a cheese sauce in the usual way. ▪ I ll meet you at the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English