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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.
Origin of inhabit
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 from the web for uninhabitable
  • Half of the island is expected to remain uninhabitable for another decade.
  • In the act of making the core of the metropolis accessible, the planners of congestion have already almost made it uninhabitable.
  • It was largely uninhabitable-a forbidding expanse of snow and ice.
  • So, global warming might make the planet uninhabitable for human beings.
  • For centuries the region supported savannahs full of wildlife, lush acacia forests, and areas so swampy they were uninhabitable.
  • Advance warning that weapons will be used that will make their communities uninhabitable is not much help.
  • As a result, some areas become uninhabitable and others become habitable.
  • If those had come true there would be widespread famine, no more oil and gas and the planet would be uninhabitable.
  • It wouldn't take long in midwinter for our house to become uninhabitable.
  • Long before an islet submerges, it will become uninhabitable as inland waters become brackish and sea-defences fail.
British Dictionary definitions for uninhabitable


not capable of being lived in


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 uninhabitable

mid-15c., from un- (1) "not" + inhabitable.



late 14c., from Old French enhabiter "dwell in" (12c.), from Latin inhabitare "to dwell in," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + habitare "to dwell," frequentative of habere "hold, have" (see habit). Related: Inhabited; inhabiting.

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