customary Definition

  • 1according to or depending on custom; usual; habitual
  • 2in accordance with the customs of a particular society, place, or set of circumstances

Using customary: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "customary" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    It is customary to tip the waiter in this restaurant.

  • Example

    The bride wore a customary white dress for the wedding.

  • Example

    It is not customary to shake hands in some cultures.

customary Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for customary

Phrases with customary

  • a body of unwritten laws based on precedents established by the courts and customs of a particular country or region


    Customary law is still widely practiced in some African countries.

  • a traditional way of greeting someone according to the customs of a particular culture or society


    In Japan, it is customary to bow when greeting someone.

  • a way of doing things that is considered usual or traditional in a particular profession or field


    It is a customary practice for doctors to wash their hands before examining a patient.

Origins of customary

from Old French 'costume', meaning 'custom'


Summary: customary in Brief

The term 'customary' [หˆkสŒstษ™mษ™ri] refers to something that is usual or habitual, and in accordance with the customs of a particular society or place. It is often used to describe traditional practices or ways of doing things, such as 'It is customary to tip the waiter in this restaurant.' 'Customary' can also refer to customary law, customary greeting, or customary practice.

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