CUSTOM

CUSTOM

custom, n.

1. A practice that by its common adoption and long, unvarying habit has come to have the force of law. See USAGE. [Cases: Customs and Usages

1. C.J.S. Customs and Usages ¡ì 1.] ¡ª customary, adj.

conventional custom. A custom that operates only indirectly through the medium of agreements, so that it is accepted and adopted in individual instances as conventional law between the parties to those agreements.

¡ª Also termed usage. See USAGE.

general custom.

1. A custom that prevails throughout a country and constitutes one of the sources of the law of the land. [Cases: Customs and Usages 1¨C22. C.J.S. Customs and Usages ¡ì¡ì 1¨C48.]

2. A custom that businesses recognize and follow. See trade usage under USAGE.

legal custom. A custom that operates as a binding rule of law, independently of any agreement on the part of those subject to it. ¡ª Often shortened to custom.

local custom. A custom that prevails in some defined locality only, such as a city or county, and constitutes a source of law for that place only.

¡ª Also termed particular custom; special custom. [Cases: Customs and Usages 1¨C22. C.J.S. Customs and Usages ¡ì¡ì 1¨C48.]

2. (pl.) Duties imposed on imports or exports.

3. (pl.) The agency or procedure for collecting such duties.


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