AskDefine | Define consuetude

Dictionary Definition

consuetude n : a custom or usage that has acquired the force of law

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English

Etymology

From Old French consuetude or Latin consuetudo, from the past participle of Latin consuescere ‘accustom’, corresponding to con- + suescere ‘become accustomed’.

Pronunciation

/ˈkɒnswɪtju:d/

Noun

  1. Custom, familiarity.
    • 1819: “the stain hath become engrained by time and consuetude; let thy reformation be cautious, as it is just and wise.” — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
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