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Habits and habitual behavior - thesaurus

Synonyms

habit

noun

something that you do often or regularly, often without thinking about it

routine

noun

your usual way of doing things, especially when you do them in a fixed order at the same time

custom

noun

something that a particular person regularly does

tendency

noun

an attitude, habit, or situation that is starting to develop in a particular way

daily life

noun

all the things that happen or that you do regularly

way of life

noun

if something is a way of life, it is considered to be what people normally do or have

ritual

noun

something that you do regularly and always in the same way

take to

to start doing something as a habit

common practice

something that is done a lot and is considered normal

as is someone’s wont

used for saying that someone has a habit of doing a particular thing

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a creature of habit

someone who likes to do the same thing at the same time every day

a professional...

someone who always behaves in a particular way

as a matter of routine/course

done as a habit or as the usual way of doing things

be apt to do something

to have a tendency to do something

be wont to do something

to have a habit of doing something

chronic

adjective

doing something again and again, especially something harmful that you are unable or unwilling to stop doing

(come) rain or shine

used for saying that something always happens or someone always does something in spite of bad weather or difficult conditions

compulsion

noun

a very strong feeling of wanting to do something, especially a feeling that you cannot control

compulsive

adjective

used about people who have a habit they cannot control

confirmed

adjective

always living in a particular way, having a particular belief, or behaving in a particular way

customary

adjective

usual for a particular person

diet

noun

the things that a person regularly sees or experiences, especially when these are of poor quality

fare

noun

mainly journalism used for referring to what someone or something usually does or has

fixture

noun

used about a person considered to be permanently established in a job, place, etc.

good old

used before the name of someone or something that always does what you want or expect

go through

to perform a set of actions that you regularly perform

habit

noun

something that you often do without intending to or without realizing that you are doing it, which can annoy other people

habit-forming

adjective

hard to stop doing because of being very enjoyable

habitual

adjective

usually or often done by someone

habitual

adjective

used for describing a person who has a particular bad habit

have a history of something

to be well known for doing something because you have often done it in the past

have a nasty habit/way of doing something

used for talking about people or things that often behave or surprise you in an unpleasant way

have a trick of doing something

to have a habit of doing a particular thing

have a way of doing something

to have a special habit, especially an annoying one

institution

noun

often humorous someone or something that has been in a particular job or place for such a long time that you cannot remember a time when they were not there

inveterate

adjective

always doing a particular thing, especially something bad, and unlikely to change

make a career out of (doing) something

to do something regularly, often something wrong or silly, so that you get a reputation for it

make it a rule to do something

to always try to do something

meat and drink to someone

something that someone especially enjoys, usually because they do it well

nail-biter

noun

someone who has the habit of biting their fingernails

never fail to do something

used for emphasizing that someone or something always does something that you expect them to do

not make a habit of doing something/not be in the habit of doing something

used for saying that you do not usually do something that you have just done

old habits die hard

used for saying that it is difficult to change a way of behaving that someone has had for many years

proclivity

noun

formal a tendency to want to do a particular thing, especially something bad

ritualistic

adjective

always happening or done in a particular way

ritualized

adjective

always happening or done in the same, often formal, way

serial

adjective

doing something or happening several times in the same way

shtick

noun

Americanvery informal someone’s usual way of behaving or talking

staple diet

noun

the things that someone uses or receives most regularly

stock

adjective

a stock answer is one that someone always gives when they are asked a particular question

stock-in-trade

noun

something that someone very often says or does, especially as part of their job

take up

to start doing something regularly as a habit, job, or interest

tend

verb

to usually do a particular thing

there someone goes again

used when someone has just said or done the same annoying thing that they have often said or done before

trademark

noun

something that you wear, do, or say that is typical of you

trust someone (to do something)

used for saying that someone has done something that you think is typical of them, especially something that annoys you

unaccustomed to something

not used to something, or not in the habit of doing something

up to your old/usual tricks

to be doing the same annoying or bad things that you usually do

vice

noun

a bad habit or personal quality

you can’t teach an old dog new tricks

used for saying that it is very difficult to make someone do something in a new way when they have been doing it their own way for a long time

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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