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habitation

[hab-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌhæb ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
a place of residence; dwelling; abode.
2.
the act of inhabiting; occupancy by inhabitants.
3.
a colony or settlement; community:
Each of the scattered habitations consisted of a small number of huts.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English (h)abitacioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin habitātiōn- (stem of habitātiō) a dwelling, equivalent to habitāt(us) inhabited (past participle of habitāre; see habitat) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
habitational, adjective
interhabitation, noun
nonhabitation, noun
Synonyms
1. lodgings, home, domicile, quarters.
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Examples from the web for habitation
  • Human habitation, by definition, is not conducive to protecting the environment or living in harmony with it.
  • All transportation, habitation and logistics are in place.
  • We have the technological where-with-all to change the urban landscape into a, not a paradise, place meant for human habitation.
  • If only the city of their habitation were a place of pleasant resort, they cared not for its morals.
  • Lilacs in an empty lot are a sure sign of prior human habitation on the site.
  • Venturing a little farther into the wood, you lose sight of all human habitation.
  • There are five-star hotels and hotels that are unfit for human habitation.
  • Another group sees little evidence that there was large-scale human habitation of the area.
  • Soon not a tree or even a scrap of scrub was in sight-and no sign of habitation, not even a ger.
  • Second, those areas are not available for habitation.
British Dictionary definitions for habitation

habitation

/ˌhæbɪˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
a dwelling place
2.
occupation of a dwelling place
Derived Forms
habitational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for habitation
n.

late 14c., "act or fact of dwelling;" also "place of lodging, abode," from Old French habitacion, abitacion "act of dwelling" (12c.) or directly from Latin habitationem (nominative habitatio) "act of dwelling," noun of action from past participle stem of habitare (see habitat).

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habitation in the Bible

God is the habitation of his people, who find rest and safety in him (Ps. 71:3; 91:9). Justice and judgment are the habitation of God's throne (Ps. 89:14, Heb. mekhon, "foundation"), because all his acts are founded on justice and judgment. (See Ps. 132:5, 13; Eph. 2:22, of Canaan, Jerusalem, and the temple as God's habitation.) God inhabits eternity (Isa. 57:15), i.e., dwells not only among men, but in eternity, where time is unknown; and "the praises of Israel" (Ps. 22:3), i.e., he dwells among those praises and is continually surrounded by them.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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