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Consuetud(e, Conswetud(e, n. Also: -suetuid. [ME. consuetude (Wyclif), -swetude, OF. consuetude, L. consuētūdo.]

1. Custom, habit, habitual practice. a1500 Henr. Fab. 774.
Sum bene also throw consuetude and ryte Uincust with carnall sensualitie
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 289.
The secund natur is callit conswetud, Quhilk lichtly levis nocht the ald vsage
1560 Rolland Seven S. 2523.
God dois hait … ane riche man in consuetude to lie
Ib. 4575.
Thairof sen I want conswetude
1573 Sat. P. xlii. 494.
He … cannot do thame all gude For laik of daylie consuetude
1596 Dalr. I. 77/8.
Eftir lang consuetude togither, … thay began to take mair curage

b. With the, his (etc.), or a. a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 335.
Men may wyn tryvmphe be the consuetud Of wertuos werkis
c1530-40 Stewart Bann. MS. 87 b/2.
To bed I went, as is my consuetud
1560 Rolland Seven S. 4345.
As his custome wes and conswetude
1596 Dalr. I. 100/17.
He eit thame rawe, and with sik a consuetud of eiting [etc.]

2. General custom or observance. 1470 Lennox Mun. 80.
All … thingis … that to the office … of lau or consuetude is knavin to partene
1515 Reg. Privy S. I. 393/2.
Havand thairfor thair fee as wes consuetude and use to be gevin of befor
1523 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 217.
Gif thai brek les, to pay na thing, as vse and consuietude hes bene
1533 Bell. Livy I. 298/29.
Quhy the thing (that was sa mony ȝeris afore vnhantit and out of consuetude) was brocht agane in vse
1535 Stewart 41460.
He tuik purpois … To clame the croun be law of consuetude
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2116.
Be consuetude than come ane law
1606 Melrose R. Rec. I. 27.
That thai pas … fra the said mylne contraire to consuetuid and rycht

b. The general or established custom of a country, community, etc., serving as a rule or standard of action. 1475 Reg. Cupar A. I. 203.
With pastur for sa mony katel … , as consuetud is of the toun
1476 Acta Aud. 51/2.
He sal … paye to the said Johne the avale of his mariage efter the vsse and consuetude of the Realme
1505 Lanark B. Rec. 14.
The saed balye … gaef heritabyll stat … efter the ws and consuetud of burcht
1531 Bell. Boece I. 95.
Nouthir the lawis, nor the consuetude of Britane, maid dirogation thairto
1542 Annandale Corr. 2.
Conforme to the said auld lovabill vse and consuetude of our realme
1560 Rolland Seven S. 7309.
All cled vp efter the conswetude Of his countrie
1562-3 Winȝet l. 97/1.
By the consuetude of al Christiane princis vseit to thare subditis
1596 Dalr. I. 33/29.
It is … walled about, by the consuetude of vthir tounis with ws
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. 134.
They … are punished be ane ignominious buriell … be the common conswetude of this realme

c. A general custom or observance. a1500 Seven S. 2117.
Ane conswetud thai maid … That quha sa had a dreme to reid [etc.]
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 64.
Chryst gif sic ane consuetude war in this kith haldin!
1531 Bell. Boece I. p. iii.
Deploring … recent and evill conswetudis brocht in this realme
1533 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 63.
According to the vsis and consuetudis of grete townis … of vthir realmes
c1575 Balfour Pract. 42.
Thay sweir … that thay sall keip the lawis and consuetudes of the burgh
1600 Crim. Trials II. i. 118.
It is knawin to be ane inveterat consuetude of this realme [etc.]
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. 37.
Ane Earle, or any man allegeand him to haue the liberties or consuetudes of ane Earle

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