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[hab-i-tuh-buh l] /ˈhæb ɪ tə bəl/
capable of being inhabited.
Origin of habitable
1350-1400; Middle English habitābilis, equivalent to habitā(re) to inhabit (see habitat) + -bilis -ble; replacing Middle English abitable < Middle French
Related forms
habitability, habitableness, noun
habitably, adverb
nonhabitability, noun
nonhabitable, adjective
nonhabitableness, noun
nonhabitably, adverb
unhabitable, adjective
unhabitableness, noun
unhabitably, adverb
Can be confused
habitable, inhabitable, uninhabitable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for habitable
  • He earned a bachelor's degree while working full time and living in a small, barely habitable house with three family members.
  • By it is the universe made safe and habitable, not by science or power.
  • In the houses which were left habitable, mould and spores grew during the many humid weeks when the city lacked electricity.
  • She bought an abandoned farm and made the buildings more or less habitable as best she could.
  • They reportedly also constructed an enormous underground habitable bunker that could serve as a bomb shelter.
  • Scientists might have picked the right star for hosting a habitable world, but got the planet wrong.
  • The cabins are retreats built with no direct line-of-sight to any other habitable part of the lodge.
  • The crater and sediments contain minerals that formed in the presence of water and suggest potentially habitable environments.
  • Scientists say they are closing in on finding distant worlds in the habitable zones of their stars.
  • Now that the cabin can be officially occupied, my work is to make it habitable and comfortable before settling in.
British Dictionary definitions for habitable


able to be lived in
Derived Forms
habitability, habitableness, noun
habitably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for habitable

late 14c., from Old French habitable "suitable for human dwelling" (14c.), from Latin habitabilis "that is fit to live in," from habitare (see habitat). Related: Habitably; habitability.

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