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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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THOUSANDS of nicotine addicts have unexpectedly kicked the habit in the city which inspired Ireland's controversial smoking ban.
More than a million people have kicked the habit on No Smoking Day and if you join them this coming Wednesday, you'll be amazed by the difference it will make.
Fergie (left) kicked the habit in 2001, before becoming famous with the Peas, and, although she has been known to sport serious bling, she claims: "I was collecting unemployment when I joined the band, so I really appreciate the worth of things."

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