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[in-hab-it] /ɪnˈhæb ɪt/
verb (used with object)
to live or dwell in (a place), as people or animals:
Small animals inhabited the woods.
to exist or be situated within; dwell in:
Weird notions inhabit his mind.
verb (used without object)
Archaic. to live or dwell, as in a place.
1325-75; < Latin inhabitāre, equivalent to in- in-2 + habitāre to dwell (see habit2); replacing Middle English enhabiten < Middle French enhabiter < Latin as above
Related forms
inhabitable, adjective
inhabitability, noun
inhabitation, noun
noninhabitability, noun
noninhabitable, adjective
preinhabit, verb (used with object)
preinhabitation, noun
reinhabit, verb (used with object)
uninhabitability, noun
uninhabitable, adjective
Can be confused
habitable, inhabitable, uninhabitable.
1, 2. reside, occupy, tenant, populate. Unabridged
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Examples for inhabitable
  • While there is plenty of geographic space, there is not as much inhabitable space.
  • As soon as an inhabitable region becomes accessible it is no longer wild and it begins to acquire some value.
  • But even if not, having a big, inhabitable ship in deep space would be wonderfully useful.
  • They have contaminated our lands that affect our aquifers and in the end our territory will be inhabitable for humans.
  • Provide for disclosure of mold in inhabitable property.
  • inhabitable properties are not, and cannot be, constructed to exclude mold.
  • Only a portion of the large building was inhabitable.
  • The buildings are being demolished due to the fact that they are inhabitable.
  • Any unconditioned, inhabitable space that is to become conditioned space, such as a large attic.
British Dictionary definitions for inhabitable


verb -its, -iting, -ited
(transitive) to live or dwell in; occupy
(intransitive) (archaic) to abide or dwell
Derived Forms
inhabitable, adjective
inhabitability, noun
inhabitation, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin inhabitāre, from habitāre to dwell
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Word Origin and History for inhabitable
late 14c., from O.Fr. enhabiter "dwell in" (12c.), from L. inhabitare, from in- "in" + habitare "to dwell," frequentative of habere "hold, have" (see habit). Inhabitant first recorded mid-15c. Inhabitable was used in two opposite senses: "not habitable" (c.1400, from in- "not" + habitable) and "capable of being inhabited" (c.1600, from inhabit + -able).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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