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[rez-i-den-shuh l] /ˌrɛz ɪˈdɛn ʃəl/
of or relating to residence or to residences:
a residential requirement for a doctorate.
suited for or characterized by private residences:
a residential neighborhood.
Origin of residential
1645-55; < Medieval Latin residenti(a) residence + -al1
Related forms
[rez-i-den-shee-al-i-tee] /ˌrɛz ɪˌdɛn ʃiˈæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
residentially, adverb
nonresidential, adjective
pseudoresidential, adjective
quasi-residential, adjective
quasi-residentially, adverb
unresidential, adjective Unabridged
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  • For housing to threaten recovery, residential investment would need to fall substantially from that level.
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  • residential areas and light commercial are not the big draw on power.
  • Hopefully it won't be long before more people come to realize that wood burning fire pits have no place in residential areas.
  • The firm is aiming at the commercial market, avoiding the coming residential bulb bloodbath.
  • The model of small residential colleges in small towns is probably not sustainable at this time.
  • Such installations can be small for residential use or large-scale operations that can power industry.
  • Today, distributed residential demand response exists in rudimentary forms.
  • He became certified in residential construction while working as a structural engineer in a homebuilding firm.
  • Historically, towers included retail on the lower levels and either residential or commercial space above.
British Dictionary definitions for residential


suitable for or allocated for residence: a residential area
relating to or having residence
Derived Forms
residentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for residential

1650s, "serving as a residence," from resident (n.) + -ial. Meaning "having to do with housing" is from 1856.

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