habitable

adjective
hab·it·able | \ˈha-bə-tə-bəl 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 \ noun
habitableness \ˈha-bə-tə-bəl-nes \ noun
habitably \ˈha-bə-tə-blē 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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Even so, the Proxima flare was a rather potent event, and one that could spell doom for any otherwise-habitable worlds in the system. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "An Ultra-Powerful Flare Erupted From Our Nearest Neighbor Star," 10 Apr. 2018 This is the most recent in a long series of discoveries made by Cassini that have been painting Enceladus as a potentially habitable water-world, the European Space Agency said. Doyle Rice, ajc, "Ingredients for alien life found in icy geysers on Saturn's moon Enceladus," 29 June 2018 The number of potentially habitable worlds has exploded. Jamie Seidel, Fox News, "Wild new alien theory emerges," 28 June 2018 This is the most recent in a long series of discoveries made by Cassini that have been painting Enceladus as a potentially habitable water-world, the European Space Agency said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Ingredients for alien life found in icy geysers on Saturn's moon Enceladus," 28 June 2018 Finding a habitable planet in the nearest star system is an ongoing quest. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "One of the Three Closest Stars Looks Friendly for Life," 6 June 2018 InSight’s main mission is to check for quakes beneath Mars’ surface, which will help us learn how our solar system was created and lay the groundwork for similar exploration of potentially habitable planets elsewhere in the universe. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Mars lander launch to send car-sized probe to explore secrets of Red Planet," 4 May 2018 The auction properties are generally not in habitable condition, Lynn said, and will need to be razed, rebuilt or demolished. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Flooded Meyerland houses to sell at auction," 16 May 2018 The rules do mandate ventilation for cells and other habitable spaces. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, "Health inspectors visit prisons after receiving complaints about heat," 13 July 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 \

Kids Definition of habitable

: suitable or fit to live in a habitable house

habitable

adjective
hab·it·able | \ˈha-bi-tə-bəl \

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 \ noun
habitableness noun
habitably adverb

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