cus·tom n
1: a practice common to many or to a particular place or institution; esp: a long-established practice that is generally recognized as having the force of law see also section 1983 compare usage
2 pl
a: duties, tolls, or imposts imposed by the law of a country on imports or exports
b usu sing in constr: the agency, establishment, or procedure for collecting such customs

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun ceremony, characteristic way, common usage, consuetude, convention, conventionalism, conventionality, course of business, dictates of society, established way of doing things, etiquette, familiar way, fashion, fashionableness, formality, habit, habit of a majority, habitual activity, habitual practice, habituation, habitude, institution, manner, matter of course, observance, ordinary manner, practice, prescribed form, prevailing taste, prevalence, rite, ritual, routine, routine procedure, social usage, style, tradition, traditionalism, traditionality, unwritten law, usage, usual manner, vogue, wont, wontedness associated concepts: custom of merchants, custom or practice, custom or usage, general custom, local customs, usual course and custom, waiver by custom foreign phrases:
- Servanda est consuetudo loci ubi causa agitur. — The custom of the place where the action is brought should be observed
- In contractibus, tacite insunt quae sunt moris et consuetudlnls. — In contracts, matters of custom and usage are tacitly implied
- Consuetudo tollit communem legem. — Custom supersedes the common law.
- Consuetudo non trahttur in consequentiam. — Custom is not drawn into consequence.
- Consuetudo maneril et loci observanda est — Custom of a manor and a locality is to be observed
- Consuetudo est optimus interpres legum. — Custom is the best interpreter of the laws.
- Consuetudo est altera lex. — Custom is another law.
- Consuetudo contra rationem introducta potius usurpatio quam consuetudo appellari debet — A custom introduced contrary to reason ought rather to be called a usurpation than a custom.
- Ratio est formalis causa consuetudinis. — Reason is the source and cause of custom.
- Quae praeter consuetudlnem et morem majorum fiunt neque placent neque recta videntur. — Things which are done contrary to the custom and manner of our ancestors neither please nor appear right.
- Optimus interpres rerum usus. — Usage is the best interpreter of things.
- Optima est legis interpres consuetudo. — Custom is the best interpreter of the law.
- Omne jus aut consensus fecit, aut necesshas constkutt aut flrmavtt consuetudo. — Every right is either derived from consent, established by necessity, or is confirmed by custom.
- Minime mutanda sunt quae certam habuerunt interpretationem. — Those matters which have had a certain interpretation are to be altered as little as possible
- Obtemperandum est consuetudini rationabili tanquam legi. — A reasonable custom is to be obeyed like law
- Mai us usus abolendus est. — A bad custom is to be abolished
- Consuetudo volentes duett, lex nolentes trahit. — Custom leads the willing, the law compels the unwilling.
- Consuetudo vincit communem legem. — Custom overrules the common law
- In consuetudinibus, non diutumitas temporis sed soliditas rationls est consideranda. — In customs, not lapse of time, but the soundness of reason should be considered.
- Consuetudo semel reprobata non potest amplius induci. — Custom once disallowed cannot again be invoked.
- Consuetudo praescripta et legitima vincit legem. — A prescriptive and lawful custom prevails over the law.
- Consuetudo neque injuria ortti neque toll i potest. — Custom can neither arise from nor be abolished by a wrongful act.
- Consuetudo loci observanda est. — The custom of a locality is to be observed.
- Consuetudo, licet sit magnae auctorttatls, nunquam tamen, praejudicat manifestae veritati. — A custom, though it be of great authority, should never be prejudicial to manifest truth
- Consuetudo ex certa causa rationabili usltata privat communem legem. — A custom, based on a certain and reasonable cause, supersedes the common law
- Consuetudo et communis assuetudo vincit legem non scriptam, si sit speclalis; et interpretatur legem scriptam, si lex sit generalis. — Custom and common usage override the unwritten law, if it be special; and interprets the written law, if the law be general
II index criterion, decorum, excise, form (arrangement), formality, habit, manner (behavior), method, mode, procedure, rule (guide), style, usage, way (channel)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

The traditional, ordinary, and accepted way of doing things in a particular community.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

n. A practice, particularly in business, that is so old and universal that it has obtained the force of law.
@ custom and usage

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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