habitable

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

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for habitable

Synonyms

inhabitable, livable (also liveable)

Antonyms

uninhabitable, unlivable

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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

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After all, the Chrysler Building reached its record altitude thanks to its spire, which isn’t usable building space, and the Manhattan Company Building housed the higher habitable floor. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019 People without a habitable place are staying in RVs locally, in rentals or relatives’ homes across different cities and states. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Flattened by Hurricane Michael, Florida Town Tries to Stave Off Big Development," 3 Apr. 2019 The home is undergoing massive renovations to turn it into a habitable single-family home. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Almost Ready to Move Into Frogmore Cottage," 1 Feb. 2019 The planet, Pax, is habitable, but the first pods crash down, leaving the colonists at the mercy of the weather — as well as its sentient plants. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The 13 best sci-fi books to check out on your new Kindle," 29 Dec. 2018 Following its initial landing in 2004, the craft found evidence of past water on Mars, accumulating evidence of a rich, potentially habitable past on Mars. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Says Goodnight to Opportunity, Its Most Enduring Mars Rover," 13 Feb. 2019 Thanks to efforts like Kepler’s, astronomers now think there are billions of potentially habitable planets in our galaxy, which means the nearest one could be as close as 10 to 15 light-years from here. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "Meet TESS, Seeker of Alien Worlds," 26 Mar. 2018 In the past few decades, astronomers have found more and more potentially habitable planets around these celestial objects. Loren Grush, The Verge, "A cold ‘super-Earth’ may live around a nearby star," 14 Nov. 2018 Further Reading Number of potentially habitable planets in our galaxy: Tens of billions Kepler can safely be counted as one of the most transformative missions that NASA has ever sent into space. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA is about to turn off the Kepler spacecraft, and it will drift away," 30 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of habitable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of habitable was in the 14th century

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habitable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of habitable

: suitable or fit to live in

habitable

adjective
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

habitable

adjective
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 habitability (audio) \ noun
habitableness noun
habitably adverb

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