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What word describes an abstract process that is encountered frequently? For example, every time I get into a car, I start it by turning the key. The car and the key might be different in every single scenario, but the process is still 'get into car, turn key'. I was thinking idiom, but that doesn't really seem to fit.

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The word routine comes to mind.

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It looks like you are looking for the word procedure.

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How about behavior? I can't find a good reference to the definition of the word that describes what you're asking about, but I believe it's used this way all the time.

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A habit is defined as "a recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition."

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