I am looking for a single word, or phrase, meaning that this is the state that this person is normally in.

In context I have a sentence: "Now, {As was normal for her}, she was smiling with sincerity.". An alternative to {as was normal for her} would be greatly appreciated.


The most obvious word that comes to mind is typical:

Having the distinctive qualities of a particular type of person or thing; characteristic of a particular person or thing (ODO)

In your example, the most normal way to phrase this would be to use typical as an adjective modifying the thing that is typical of someone, rather than as an adverb or sentential adverb to comment on the way in which the person is doing it. In other words:

Now she was smiling with her typical sincerity.

Some common synonyms for this usage would be usual and characteristic.

If you are specifically looking for a phrase that you can insert into your sentence at that exact place, the most idiomatic phrasing I can think of is as was her wont.


Gertrude, as was her wont was smiling with sincerity.

wont n. FORMAL or HUMOROUS one's customary behaviour: Constance, as was her wont, had paid little attention. ORIGIN Old English gewunod, past participle of wunian, 'dwell, be accustomed', of Germanic origin. (Oxford Dictionaries - not OED).

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    This duplicates Janus' answer. – Andrew Leach Jan 6 '15 at 12:10
  • @Andrew Leach Apologies for doing that. If you want I will delete, but thought it was worth leaving for the etymology. – WS2 Jan 6 '15 at 17:07

I suggest: "Now she was smiling with her habitual sincerity".

The use of "habitual" perhaps indicates that the subject's smile was typical of her personally, rather than typical of anyone/anything else.


"Now, characteristically, she was smiling with sincerity." (She's a very nice person - maybe too nice)

"Now, as per her idiom, she was smiling with sincerity." (Her heart is black as coal - this is just another performance.)

  • I spent a good five minutes trying to think of another word commonly used as a synonym for typical and usual, having in the end to accept that it just wouldn’t come to me. Characteristic was the elusive word, thank you! I hope you don’t mind that I add the adjective form to my answer. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jan 6 '15 at 15:34
  • I've never seen anyone use "as per her idiom" – Yvonne Aburrow Mar 22 '17 at 13:13

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