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[in-hab-i-tuh nt] /ɪnˈhæb ɪ tənt/
a person or animal that inhabits a place, especially as a permanent resident.
Origin of inhabitant
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin inhabitant- (stem of inhabitāns) dwelling in. See inhabit, -ant
Related forms
preinhabitant, noun
dweller, denizen. Unabridged
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  • No wonder there is a tension between habitat and inhabitant.
  • The only difference is whether your inhabitant is beneficial or not.
  • Expand the cuts so that the conventional taxes will turn into inhabitant taxes.
  • Try to imagine the present inhabitant of that office being left so far out of the loop.
  • It is a world: a fascinating planet with a single inhabitant who is also its creator.
  • It showed the soldier in the tank and the inhabitant of the house emerging and shaking hands.
  • The team then sorted through their habitat cubes, coaxing out every inhabitant, down to a size of about a millimeter.
  • Few envy the consideration enjoyed by the oldest inhabitant.
  • The path each group is going to take will affect every human inhabitant of the future.
  • The demon of reform has a secret door into the heart of every lawmaker, of every inhabitant of every city.
British Dictionary definitions for inhabitant


a person or animal that is a permanent resident of a particular place or region
Derived Forms
inhabitancy, inhabitance, noun
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Word Origin and History for inhabitant

early 15c., from Anglo-French inhabitant, from Latin inhabitantem (nominative inhabitans), present participle of inhabitare (see inhabit). Related: Inhabitants. As an adjective, also from early 15c.

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