hab·​it·​able | \ ˈha-bə-tə-bəl How to pronounce habitable (audio) also hə-ˈbi-tə- \

Definition of habitable

: capable of being lived in : suitable for habitation

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Other Words from habitable

habitability \ ˌha-​bə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce habitable (audio) \ noun
habitableness \ ˈha-​bə-​tə-​bəl-​nes How to pronounce habitable (audio) \ noun
habitably \ ˈha-​bə-​tə-​blē How to pronounce habitable (audio) also  hə-​ˈbi-​tə-​ \ adverb

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Examples of habitable in a Sentence

The house is not habitable. the frigid Arctic is not habitable for amphibians and reptiles—or for humans, either, for that matter
Recent Examples on the Web The homestead where Cary’s dad had grown up and where Cary himself had spent his earliest years was in a narrow canyon perpendicular to the prevailing winds, barely far enough below the snow line to be habitable. Thomas Mcguane, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 No one expects any planet embedded within an M dwarf’s magnetic field to be habitable. Nola Taylor Tillman, Scientific American, 11 Oct. 2021 Launched in 2009, the Kepler Space Telescope was designed to calculate what fraction of stars in the Milky Way have Earth-size planets in their habitable zone. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 6 July 2021 The Perseverance rover is exploring Jezero Crater, the site of an ancient lake bed and river delta that existed 3.9 billion years ago when Mars was potentially habitable for life. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 15 Apr. 2021 But the Nature Astronomy paper suggested the signal originated some 55 km above the surface, in warmer cloud layers that would be more habitable for potential life. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 17 Nov. 2020 The house was habitable for myself and tenants but needed some renovation. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 July 2021 Restoring the chemistry of the atmosphere will still take many decades after countries bring down their greenhouse gas emissions, and so communities must adapt to a hotter and less habitable planet. Dagomar Degroot, The Conversation, 27 July 2021 The most habitable meteorite samples analyzed appeared to be made of a rock type called regolith breccia. Nikk Ogasa, Scientific American, 19 July 2021

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First Known Use of habitable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Habitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habitable. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of habitable

: suitable or fit to live in


hab·​it·​able | \ ˈha-bə-tə-bəl How to pronounce habitable (audio) \

Kids Definition of habitable

: suitable or fit to live in a habitable house


hab·​it·​able | \ ˈha-bi-tə-bəl How to pronounce habitable (audio) \

Legal Definition of habitable

: suitable and fit for a person to live in : free of defects that endanger the health and safety of occupants — see also warranty of habitability at warranty

Other Words from habitable

habitability \ ˌha-​bi-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce habitable (audio) \ noun
habitableness noun
habitably adverb

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