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Definition of Custom

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habit; tradition; convention
made to individual order
Custom Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
English-Latin Online Dictionary
consuetudo, adsuetudo
Custom Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. t.)
To supply with customers.
(v. t.)
To pay the customs of.
(v. t.)
To make familiar; to accustom.
(v. i.)
To have a custom.
The customary toll, tax, or tribute.
Long-established practice, considered as unwritten law, and resting for authority on long consent; usage. See Usage, and Prescription.
Habitual buying of goods; practice of frequenting, as a shop, manufactory, etc., for making purchases or giving orders; business support.
Frequent repetition of the same act; way of acting common to many; ordinary manner; habitual practice; usage; method of doing or living.
Familiar aquaintance; familiarity.
Duties or tolls imposed by law on commodities, imported or exported.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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\cus"tom\, v. i. to have a custom. [obs.] on a bridge he custometh to fight.
\cus"tom\, n. [of. coustume, f. coutume, tax, i. e., the usual tax. see 1st custom.]
1. the customary toll, tax, or tribute. render, therefore, to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom. xiii. 7.
2. pl. duties or tolls imposed by law on commodities, imported or exported.
\cus"tom\, v. t. to pay the customs of. [obs.]
\cus"tom\ (kŭs"tŭm), n. [of. custume, costume, anglo-norman coustome, f. coutume, fr. (assumed) ll. consuetumen custom, habit, fr. l. consuetudo, -dinis, fr. consuescere to accustom, verb inchoative fr. consuere to be accustomed; con- + suere to be accustomed, prob. originally, to make one's own, fr. the root of suus one's own; akin to e. so, adv. cf. consuetude, costume.] 1. frequent repetition of the same act; way of acting common to many; ordinary manner; habitual practice; usage; method of doing or living. and teach customs which are not lawful. xvi. 21. moved beyond his custom, gama said. a custom more honored in the breach than the observance.
2. habitual buying of goods; practice of frequenting, as a shop, manufactory, etc., for making purchases or giving orders; business support. let him have your custom, but not your votes.
3. (law) long-established practice, considered as unwritten law, and resting for authority on long consent; usage. see usage, and prescription.
note: usage is a fact. custom is a law. there can be no custom without usage, though there may be usage without custom.
4. familiar aquaintance; familiarity. [obs.] age can not wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.
of merchants, a system or code of customs by which affairs of commerce are regulated.

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The Phrase Finder
From Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra.
Never; he will not:
Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety: other women cloy
The appetites they feed: but she makes hungry
Where most she satisfies; for vilest things
Become themselves in her: that the holy priests
Bless her when she is riggish.
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Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
nós, abhest, abaise
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Arferoldeb = n. usage, custom
Cynneddwd = n. custom, usage
Defod = n. usage, custom
Drygarfer = n. bad custom
Gnawd = n. habit; custom, a. habitual, usual
Gorddyfn = n. habit, custom
Tolliant = n. a toll, a custom
WordNet 2.0

1. accepted or habitual practice
(synonym) usage, usance
(hypernym) practice, pattern
(hyponym) Americanism
2. a specific practice of long standing
(synonym) tradition
(hypernym) practice
(hyponym) habit, wont
3. money collected under a tariff
(synonym) customs, customs duty, impost
(hypernym) duty, tariff
(hyponym) ship money
4. habitual patronage; "I have given this tailor my custom for many years"
(hypernym) trade, patronage

1. made according to the specifications of an individual
(synonym) custom-made, customized, customised
(similar) bespoke, bespoken, made-to-order, tailored, tailor-made
Custom Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Custom Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dictionary of Automotive Terms
1. A restyled or modified vehicle.
2. A new body mounted on an existing chassis .
Custom Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Custom may refer to:

Sense: Customary
  • Convention (norm), a set of agreed, stipulated or generally accepted rules, norms, standards or criteria, often taking the form of a custom
  • Custom (law) or customary law, laws and regulations established by common practice
  • Norm (sociology), a rule that is socially enforced
  • Mores
  • Tradition
  • Minhag (pl. minhagim) – Jewish customs

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Custom Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
CUSTOMS - This term is usually applied to those taxes which are payable upon goods and merchandise imported or exported.

Obs. Taxes paid by merchants and peasants for the use of roads, bridges, or the gates of boroughs; the common law.

CUSTOM. A usage which had acquired the force of law. It is in fact, a lex loci which regulates all local or real property within its limits. A repugnancy which destroys it must be such as to show it never did exist. In Pennsylvania no customs have the force of law but those which prevail throughout the state.

A custom derives its force from the tacit consent of the legislature and the people, and supposes an original, actual deed or agreement. Therefore, custom is the best interpreter of laws: optima est legum interpres consuetudo. It follows therefore, there can be no custom in relation to a matter regulated by law. Law cannot be established or abrogated except by the sovereign will, but this will may be express or implied and presumed and whether it manifests itself by word or by a series of facts is of little importance.

When a custom is public, peaceable, uniform, general, continued, reasonable and certain, and has lasted 'time whereof the memory of man runneth not to the contrary,' it acquires the force of law. And when any doubts arise as to the meaning of a statute the custom which has prevailed on the subject ought to have weight in its construction, for the manner in which a law has always been executed is one of its modes of interpretation.

Customs are general or particular customs. By general customs is meant the common law itself, by which proceedings and determinations in courts are guided.

Particular customs are those which affect the inhabitants of some particular districts only.

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library.
Custom Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary Of Windsurfing Terminology
Hand made board - see also 'Blank'.
Custom Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Custom Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Easton's Bible Dictionary
a tax imposed by the Romans. The tax-gatherers were termed publicans (q.v.), who had their stations at the gates of cities, and in the public highways, and at the place set apart for that purpose, called the "receipt of custom" (Matt.9: 9; Mark 2:14), where they collected the money that was to be paid on certain goods (Matt.17:25). These publicans were tempted to exact more from the people than was lawful, and were, in consequence of their extortions, objects of great hatred. The Pharisees would have no intercourse with them (Matt.5:46, 47; 9:10, 11). A tax or tribute (q.v.) of half a shekel was annually paid by every adult Jew for the temple. It had to be paid in Jewish coin (Matt. 22:17-19; Mark 12:14, 15). Money-changers (q.v.) were necessary, to enable the Jews who came up to Jerusalem at the feasts to exchange their foreign coin for Jewish money; but as it was forbidden by the law to carry on such a traffic for emolument (Deut. 23:19, 20), our Lord drove them from the temple (Matt. 21:12: Mark 11:15).
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary
the law; custom
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (1869) , by Roswell D. Hitchcock. About
Custom Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
A Basic Guide to ASL
Both 'S' hands, palms down, are crossed and brought down in unison before the chest.