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


inhabitable, livable (also liveable)


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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But this time, there may actually be something in orbit around the star just a little farther out from the habitable zone. Loren Grush, The Verge, "A cold ‘super-Earth’ may live around a nearby star," 14 Nov. 2018 The good news for us is that scientists think the world will be habitable for at least a few hundred million more years. Abigail Higgins, Vox, "10 ways the world is most likely to end, explained by scientists," 18 Oct. 2018 Previous research found that a universe where the weak force is entirely absent could still be habitable. Charles Q. Choi, Space.com, "Why Alternate Universes Might Also Host Life Around their Stars," 26 Sep. 2018 Further Reading Sun-like star hosts Kepler’s first confirmed habitable zone planet Subsequent observations have revealed that this world is very likely entirely covered in water and may have a water-vapor atmosphere. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA is about to turn off the Kepler spacecraft, and it will drift away," 30 Oct. 2018 In addition, a few dozen bigger rocky planets could be habitable, and perhaps one smaller rocky world. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "All the Exoplanets We’ve Discovered in One Small Chart," 15 Nov. 2017 All seven could be considered in the broad habitable zone of their star. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Standing on Other Planets Is the Killer App for Augmented Reality," 9 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of habitable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of habitable

: suitable or fit to live in


hab·​it·​able | \ˈha-bə-tə-bəl \

Kids Definition of habitable

: suitable or fit to live in a habitable house


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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