Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An acquired behavior or trait that is so long practiced as to seem innate.

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  • noun idiomatic A mindset, skill, or type of behavior so ingrained through habit or practice that it seems natural, automatic, or without a basis in conscious thought.

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  • noun acquired behavior that is practiced so long it seems innate

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From the proverb Habit is second nature.]

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