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The meaning of 'customary' can change based on different cultural or regional practices. SlideIn Japan, it's customary to remove your shoes before entering a home.
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'Customary' often relates to polite behavior expected by society in different situations. SlideIt's customary to say 'thank you' when someone helps you.
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Understanding what is 'customary' in a setting helps meet others' expectations and avoid awkwardness. SlideAt a formal dinner, it is customary to wait for the host to start eating.