force of habit


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force of habit

An impulse to do something because one does or has done it habitually. Used to describe an unconscious mistake that results from following one's routine rather than choosing the correct action for the circumstances. After living next door to Anna for 50 years, I call our new neighbor "Anna" by force of habit. A: "Why did you just turn left? We're going to the bank." B: "Force of habit. That's the way I take to work."
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force of ˈhabit

a tendency always to do things in a certain way because you have always done them in that way: I don’t know why I check all the locks every time I leave the house. It’s force of habit, I suppose.
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Nevertheless, interest in them was shown out of tradition or force of habit, or possibly because the summit was being held on the background of unprecedented circumstances in terms of security and "logistical" difficulties.
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Against David Hume and Thomas Reid, Ravaisson argues that the force of habit can be known because it, and not simply its effects, is present in our experience as a tendency or inclination that can be explained neither in physiological nor in intellectualist terms.
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