wontedness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

wonted +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

wontedness (uncountable)

  1. habit; custom
    • 1890, Edwin Asa Dix, A Midsummer Drive Through The Pyrenees[1]:
      Over all, there is that deft, subtle knowledge of place displayed by its busy inmate, a lifelong wontedness to surroundings, indefinable and unconscious, which fascinates us, and which reminds us that the same scene may be to one habituated to it the most iterated of commonplace and to new-comers often alive with novelty and interest.
    • 1913, Elizabeth McCracken, The American Child[2]:
      At home we keep constantly in mind the great importance of inculcating in them a love of books and a wontedness in their use.