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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Two decades later, planetary scientists thought Mars might have been warmer, wetter and more habitable in its youth some 4 billion years ago. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "Did a rover on Mars just sniff out life?," 24 June 2019 The green and blue represent its transformation into something more habitable. David Kelly, latimes.com, "Life on Mars gets a test run in the Utah desert," 23 June 2019 The green and blue represent its transformation into something more habitable. David Kelly, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Life on Mars gets a test run in the Utah desert," 23 June 2019 The previous centuries had brought Europeans to every habitable — and profitable — location on the globe. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "In 'To the Edges of the Earth,’ a look at the people who pushed human exploration to its limits," 22 June 2019 WeWork—the shared workspace mega-service and industry disrupter—officially has locations on every habitable continent. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "WeWork Unveils Captivating New South Africa Location," 13 June 2019 Before life could inhabit Earth, the planet had to become habitable. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "Here Are 12 Things You Might Miss in the Smithsonian’s New Fossil Hall," 7 June 2019 By trapping heat from the sun, greenhouse gases have kept Earth's climate habitable for humans and millions of other species. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "Carbon dioxide levels are at a record high. Here's what you need to know.," 13 May 2019 The team’s long-term goal is to power a habitable lunar colony by 2040. Aki Ito, Bloomberg.com, "In Japan, This Engineer Is Designing a Miniature Rover to Make the Moon Habitable," 25 Apr. 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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