IPA: hˈæbʌtʌs


  • (zoology) habitude; mode of life; bearing.
  • (zoology, chiefly invertebrates) General appearance.
  • (botany) habit
  • (anatomy, medicine) the general shape and appearance of the body, usually with reference to weight, adipose distribution, posture, and gait; most often called by the collocation body habitus.
  • (sociology) The lifestyle, values, dispositions and expectations of particular social groups that are acquired through the activities and experiences of everyday life.
  • (liturgy) The liturgical clothing of monks, nuns and the clerical community, metaphorically referring to the religious mode of life.

Examples of "habitus" in Sentences

  • Council of Trent has refrained from applying the term habitus to sanctifying grace.
  • Of themselves, such "habitus" give no facility to act, but only the power, the mere potentia.
  • Note 6: My use of the term "orthodox" is not the same as Bourdieu's, embedded in habitus — the social reproduction of structures in a stable society.
  • This collective ethos forms what Pierre Bourdieu, the French sociologist, called the habitus, the coherent amalgam of practices linking habit with inhabitance.
  • The virtue or "habitus" of art, Maritain writes, is not simply an "interior growth of spontaneous life," but has an intellectual character and involves cultivation and practice.
  • I considered specifically asking readers not to make hateful comments about the lady herself (and I'm pleased to note that the typical reply is one of "sadness" rather than something derogatory of her body habitus).
  • Just as those young people of Chinese background will have an impact on world culture and that of their places of origins, so will those cosmopolites with no Chinese background who are now making the Chinese world the 'habitus' for their creativity.
  • I have thought it worthwhile to vary the interpretation of this word, because though "habitus" may be equivalent to all the senses of [Greek: exis], "habit" is not, at least according to our colloquial usage we commonly denote by "habit" a state formed by habituation.
  • Saint Thomas Aquinas,4 using the terminology of the philosophical tradition to which he belonged, explains it as follows: faith is a habitus, that is, a stable disposition of the spirit, through which eternal life takes root in us and reason is led to consent to what it does not see.

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