from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The physical and constitutional characteristics of an individual, especially as related to the tendency to develop a certain disease.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. habitude; mode of life; bearing, general appearance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Habitude; mode of life; general appearance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medicine, characteristic state or condition; constitutional habit.
- n. In natural history, the general appearance or likeness of an animal or a plant, irrespective of its structure; facies.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. constitution of the human body
- n. person's predisposition to be affected by something (as a disease)
Council of Trent has refrained from applying the term habitus to sanctifying grace.
Note 6: My use of the term "orthodox" is not the same as Bourdieu's, embedded in habitus — the social reproduction of structures in a stable society.
This collective ethos forms what Pierre Bourdieu, the French sociologist, called the habitus, the coherent amalgam of practices linking habit with inhabitance.
Saint Thomas Aquinas,4 using the terminology of the philosophical tradition to which he belonged, explains it as follows: faith is a habitus, that is, a stable disposition of the spirit, through which eternal life takes root in us and reason is led to consent to what it does not see.
The virtue or "habitus" of art, Maritain writes, is not simply an "interior growth of spontaneous life," but has an intellectual character and involves cultivation and practice.
I have thought it worthwhile to vary the interpretation of this word, because though "habitus" may be equivalent to all the senses of [Greek: exis], "habit" is not, at least according to our colloquial usage we commonly denote by "habit" a state formed by habituation.
Of themselves, such "habitus" give no facility to act, but only the power, the mere potentia.
Just as those young people of Chinese background will have an impact on world culture and that of their places of origins, so will those cosmopolites with no Chinese background who are now making the Chinese world the 'habitus' for their creativity.
I considered specifically asking readers not to make hateful comments about the lady herself (and I'm pleased to note that the typical reply is one of "sadness" rather than something derogatory of her body habitus).
Sex doesn't matter, frame doesn't matter, muscularity doesn't matter: BMI is the be all and end all of body habitus assessment.
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