second nature

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Noun[edit]

second nature (uncountable)

  1. (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.
    • 1825, Sir Walter Scott, The Talisman, ch. 1:
      But habit had made the endurance of this load of panoply a second nature, both to the knight and his gallant charger.
    • 1915, P. G. Wodehouse, Something New, ch. 1:
      Ashe Marson had realized that he must forego those morning exercises which had become a second nature to him.
    • 2005, Jeremy Caplan, "Game On, Hold The Pepperoni," Time, 3 April:
      For many video gamers, juggling a joystick and a pizza is second nature.

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  • Traditionally preceded by the indefinite article "a", but now usually used without an article.

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