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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)


Latin, condition; see habit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin habitus ("habit"), from habeō ("have; maintain"). (Wiktionary)



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  • No, surely not? Habitus is not 'habit", it is:

    "a set of acquired patterns of thought, behavior, and taste 1. These patterns, or "dispositions," are the result of internalization of culture or objective social structures through the experience of an individual or group."

    May 14, 2008