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second nature

An intuitive, instinctive, or innate ability, habit, or trait (to do something) usually achieved because one performs or practices a certain action very often or for a very long time. I know this data entry process seems complex now, but it'll be second nature after you do it for a few weeks. Don't worry, navigating these winding roads is second nature for me at this point.
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second nature

A habit or mode of behavior so long practiced that it seems innate, as in Driving in heavy traffic is second nature to Chris. This expression is a shortened form of an ancient proverb, Custom (or usage) is a second nature, first recorded in 1390. It alludes to the fact that very frequently repeating something makes it seem completely natural or inborn.
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second nature

a characteristic or habit in someone that appears to be instinctive because that person has behaved in a particular way so often.
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Reading Agamben against himself, second nature in this essay takes on the meaning of human endowed with human rights, i.
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Second Nature works with schools across Carmarthenshire with the help of funding from the Countryside Council For Wales.
Rhythm and meter have now become second nature to them, as I had planned, and I don't believe even one remembers the early frustrations with counting.
Altering a breathing pattern can be very difficult since it has been second nature for so long.
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We've done so many commercial real estate transactions--here, in Mexico, and in other parts of the world--that they've become second nature to us now.
He added: 'I did feel a little bit tired but, after changing my training regime, it has become like second nature and it will feel totally normal for me now
Perhaps her math-obsessed father quizzes her every weekend Or maybe it's second nature to her.
Mending the split requires practice, practice, practice, until living the faith is second nature, or grace reclaiming our true, and first, nature.
Make sure it becomes second nature to them to ring you if they change their plans.
Through the church's liturgy, the people of God are shown how to respond and rehearse this new behavior until it becomes second nature.
Cicero, apparently, first described second nature as sowing corn, irrigating soil, farming generally and damming rivers.