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


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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On Wednesday, astronomers announced the first detection of water in the atmosphere of a planet that orbits within the habitable zone of its host star. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "First water detected in the atmosphere of a habitable-zone planet," 12 Sep. 2019 Follow-up images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope suggest K2-18b (artist’s impression below) has an atmosphere containing large amounts of water vapour—the first exoplanet in a habitable zone to have this confirmed. The Economist, "The first planet beyond the solar system confirmed to have water," 12 Sep. 2019 The proof of concept comes in the form of the DFAB House, celebrated as the first habitable building designed and planned using a choreography of digital fabrication methods. Anne Quito, Quartz, "A Swiss house built by robots promises to revolutionize the construction industry," 12 Sep. 2019 The conflict resulted in a unanimous Supreme Court opinion last year that held that only habitable land could be designated as critical habitat. Shawn Regan, National Review, "The New Endangered-Species Regulations Are Good for Species," 12 Sep. 2019 At least three planets in that system are within the habitable zone. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "We Just Found Water Vapor in the Atmosphere of a Potentially Habitable Exoplanet," 11 Sep. 2019 Most importantly, water vapor on K2-18 b would be the best evidence yet that small planets in the habitable zones of red dwarfs can possess atmospheres at all. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Astronomers Find Water on an Exoplanet Twice the Size of Earth," 11 Sep. 2019 The deep ocean, generally defined as waters at depths of 200 meters (656 feet) or more, accounts for 45 percent of the Earth’s surface and 95 percent of its habitable space. Adam Minter, Twin Cities, "Adam Minter: Big Tech needs to save the deep seas," 11 Aug. 2019 When looking for potentially habitable planets around other stars, understanding the star’s flaring behavior is key. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Newly discovered exoplanet trio could unravel the mysteries of super-Earth formation," 29 July 2019

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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 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 habitability (audio) \ noun
habitableness noun
habitably adverb

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