KJV Dictionary Definition: habit


HAB'IT, n. L. habitus, from habeo,to have to hold. See Have.

1. Garb; dress; clothes or garments in general.

The scenes are old, the habits are the same,

We wore last year.

There are among the statues, several of Venus,

in different habits.

2. A coat worn by ladies over other garments.

3. State of any thing; implying some continuance or permanence; temperament or particular state of a body, formed by nature or induced by extraneous circumstances; as a costive or lax habit of body; a sanguine habit.

4. A disposition or condition of the mind or body acquired by custom or a frequent repetition of the same act. Habit is that which is held or retained, the effect of custom or frequent repetition. Hence we speak of good habits and bad habits.

Frequent drinking of spirits leads to a habit of intemperance. We should endeavor to correct evil habits by a change of practice. A great point in the education of children, is to prevent the formation of bad habits.

Habit of plants, the general form or appearance, or the conformity of plants of the same kind in structure and growth.

HAB'IT, v.t. To dress; to clothe; to array.

They habited themselves like rural deities.

HAB'IT, v.t. To dwell; to inhabit.


HAB'ITABLE, a. L. habitabilis, from habito, to dwell.

That may be inhabited or dwelt in; capable of sustaining human beings; as the habitable world. Some climates are scarcely habitable.


HAB'ITABLENESS, n. Capacity of being inhabited.


HAB'ITABLY, adv. In such a manner as to habitable.


HAB'ITANCE, n. Dwelling; abode; residence. Not now used.


HAB'ITANCY, n. Legal settlement or inhabitancy. See Inhabitancy.


HAB'ITANT, n. L. habitans. An inhabitant; a dweller; a resident; one who has a permanent abode in a place.


HABITA'TION, n. L. habitatio, from habito, to dwell, from habeo, to hold, or as we say in English, to keep.

1. Act of inhabiting; state of dwelling.

2. Place of abode; a settled dwelling; a mansion; a house or other place in which man or any animal dwells.

The stars may be the habitations of numerous races of beings.

The Lord blesseth the habitation of the just. Prov.3.


HAB'ITATOR, n. L. A dweller; an inhabitant. Not used.


HAB'ITED, a. Clothed; dressed. He was habited like a shepherd.

1. Accustomed. Not usual.