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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web More than 4,500 exoplanets have been discovered by NASA in total, approximately 50 of which were believed to potentially be habitable as of September 2018. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Two planets, including 'Super Earth,' discovered 120 light-years away," 19 Oct. 2020 If the home is only partially damaged, but the rest is still habitable, the rent will be reduced. Gary Singer, sun-sentinel.com, "Ask a real estate pro: Can a landlord demand rent if tenant can’t stay in apartment after a natural disaster?," 15 Oct. 2020 The lawsuit accuses the real estate firm of selling properties in extremely poor condition to consumers who then were expected to invest their own money in order to make the homes habitable. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, "Class action lawsuit claims firm targeted Michigan Black would-be homebuyers," 29 Sep. 2020 Legates has a long history of questioning fundamental climate science and has suggested that an outcome of burning fossil fuels would be a more habitable planet for humans. Scott Waldman, Science | AAAS, "Climate science critic to be chief scientist at key U.S. climate research agency," 22 Sep. 2020 However, the discovery of a planet around a white dwarf raises questions about a unique habitable environment that could exist close to the light of a dying star. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Giant planet found orbiting a dead white dwarf star," 16 Sep. 2020 With orbital periods lasting 9.8 and 21.8 days, respectively, GJ 887b and GJ 887c are too close to the star to be habitable. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Could There Be Life Near These Two New Super-Earths?," 6 July 2020 Their metabolism drops to 0.01 percent as the creatures bide their time for a more habitable environment. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "High Temperatures Might Be Water Bears’ Achilles Heel," 23 Jan. 2020 Reside within the habitable zone — defined as the area around a star where a planet could support liquid water. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "24 potential 'superhabitable' planets discovered close to Earth," 6 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of habitable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Habitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habitable. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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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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