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customary ‎(plural customaries)

  1. A book containing laws and usages, or customs; a custumal.



customary ‎(comparative more customary, superlative most customary)

  1. Agreeing with, or established by, custom; established by common usage; conventional; habitual.
    • 1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate, chapter III:
      At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors. [] In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
  2. Holding or held by custom; as, customary tenants; customary service or estate.
    • 1777, Joseph Nicolson and Richard Burn, The history and antiquities of the counties of Westmorland and Cumberland
      The tenants are chiefly customary and heriotable.


  • 1956Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars, p 39
    When two people met for the first time in Diaspar—or even for the hundredth—it was customary to spend an hour or so in an exchange or courtesies before getting down to business, if any.



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