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.
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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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Such is the force of habit, that even in the midst of his terror he began mechanically to twiddle with his hair, and arrange the cock of his hat.
He had nearly three hundred dollars in the bank, and might have considered himself entitled to a vacation; but he had an easy job, and force of habit kept him at it.
He tells lies without the least necessity, simply by force of habit, I assure you.
From force of habit, Rutherford glanced at the letter-rack on the wall at the foot of the stairs.
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.
Everyday price rather than promoted price is the main reason for buying a particular brand, but force of habit is the next most important factor," says a spokesman for GSK, which makes Panadol and Solpadeine.
According to Tumbi, there are two types of tea drinkers those who imbibe it out of a force of habit and then there are the connoisseurs who seek out the finest blends and rarest leaves.
Whether it's peer pressure or force of habit, I just can't seem to help myself.
But by force of habit, one might expect the switch to always be on auto and thus not bother to double-check.
The main reason why Cypriots 16 - 74 years old do not buy goods and services online is force of habit and loyalty to shops; they prefer to shop in person and to see the product before buying it.
After a delicious meal where, from force of habit, I had to restrain myself from cutting up the food on the plate of the young lady next to me, we listened to a grownup speech from ITN's Science Editor, Laurence McGinty.
95), we then, probably out of force of habit, ordered a selection of Italian breads (pounds 2.
What happened is that, by force of habit, I drove by the bakery today.
Even though the name was removed, force of habit has kept the name alive in the area.
There may be strong motivation to change, but overcoming ignorance and old-fashioned thinking is easier than overcoming force of habit, especially in a group.