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HABIT. A disposition or condition of the body or mind acquired by custom or a frequent repetition of the same act. See 2 Mart. Lo. Rep. N. S. 622.
     2. The habit of dealing has always an important bearing upon the construction of commercial contracts. A ratification will be inferred from the mere habit of dealing between the parties; as, if a broker has been accustomed to settle losses on policies in a particular manner, without any objection being made, or with the silent approbation of his principal, and he should afterward settle other policies in the same manner, to which no objection should be made within a reasonable time, a just presumption would arise of an implied ratification; for if the principal did not agree to such settlement he should have declared his dissent. 2 Bouv. Inst. 1313-14.

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Break the Habit Any single element will not make your life perfect.
Break the habit: Aim to wash less frequently - even two days less than usual can help.
I thought I'd break the habit of using a plain ol' white envelope, so I jazzed mine up for you!
People found to be using drugs will be given treatment to break the habit.
However, the anniversary would provide the PM with the silver-plated excuse he needs to break the habit of a lifetime.
The charts from Liverpool HMV this week are: 1 All Falls Down -Kanye West2 CallU Sexy -VS 3 I Don't WannaKnow -Mario Wynans 4 All Nite -Janet Jackson 5 In And Out -Speedway 6 Hotel -Cassidy 7 Talk Show -Incubus 8 Makin'Out -Mark Owen 9 Break The Habit -Linkin Park 10 ComeOn England -442 To win a chart album of your choice, tell me which famous pop star manages VS.
"The Times was slow to shake the old habits of `responsible reporting,'" he writes, "which often meant little more than deferring to officials in positions of responsibility." When Frankel and his mentor in Washington, Scotty Reston, drew conclusions from a variety of unrevealed sources, weighing these on a scale of probability fashioned by their experience, New York wanted to attach some legitimating phrase to them, such as "officials (or at least, `observers') said." It took persistence to break the habit. In time, "even our misnamed `paper of record' was reporting events from an independent vantage."
"I have promised myself to break the habit of lying, to try to make truth everyday in my life, but it is not simple."
He says his products would not only help break the habit of millions of the UK's smokers but also wean off a 600,000-strong new generation of e-cig users who are still taking in harmful nicotine vapours.
CORONATION STREET (7:30pm and 8:30pm ITV1) GLORIA'S got the cash to get Stella out of a financial hole, but will she break the habit of a lifetime and put her family first?
"The Government is working to break the habit of regulation in the UK, freeing businesses to realise their potential for growth.
RANGERS fan Scott Cunningham will break the habit of a lifetime by missing a game this weekend.