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HABIT

A quality that is difficult to change and that disposes a person either well or badly, either in oneself or in relations with others. Natural habits are a partial realization of our potencies. They add to nature by giving it ease of performance, where the ease intensify a habit and the habit facilitates the acts. Habits of acting are acquired by constant repetition, and lost by disuse or contrary acts. Good moral habits are virtues; evil ones are vices. (Etym. Latin habitus, having, possession; condition, character, from habere, to have.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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