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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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  • Everyone seems to have a very small holding, as the ground is of little value either for residential or manufacturing purposes.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • The business and residential portion had gradually shifted northward.

    Novel Notes Jerome K. Jerome
  • Paris as a whole goes to bed as early as London, if not earlier, as a walk in the residential quarters will prove.

    A Wanderer in Paris E. V. Lucas
  • I chose the district carefully, because it was residential, and not commercial.

    Eliza Barry Pain
  • The latter is the commercial and residential portion of the community—for the towns meet and mingle together.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
British Dictionary definitions for residential


suitable for or allocated for residence: a residential area
relating to or having residence
Derived Forms
residentially, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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