hab·​it·​able ˈha-bə-tə-bəl How to pronounce habitable (audio)
 also  hə-ˈbi-tə-
: capable of being lived in : suitable for habitation
habitability noun
habitableness noun
ˈha-bə-tə-blē How to pronounce habitable (audio)
 also  hə-ˈbi-tə-

Example Sentences

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 But then again, so will sustaining a habitable planet. Sammy Rothstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 2 Mar. 2023 This information can help scientists more easily spot habitable planets. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 4 Feb. 2023 Meech is known for her work investigating the formation of habitable planets. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 31 Jan. 2023 Atmospheric studies of some of the seven rocky exoplanets orbiting Trappist 1, a red dwarf star that might harbor habitable planets. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, 27 Dec. 2022 Several of these are in the star’s habitable zone—the region around the star in which sufficient planet-warming starlight might allow liquid water to exist. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, 23 Jan. 2023 Both of these exoplanets exist in their star’s habitable zone, or just the right distance from the star that liquid water might potentially exist on their surfaces. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 10 Jan. 2023 One or two of Kepler’s discoveries even orbit in the habitable zone of their parent star, albeit around red dwarf stars that are rather different from our Sun. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 27 June 2022 However, that planet is much closer to its star and is outside of the habitable zone. Georgina Torbet, The Verge, 13 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of habitable was in the 14th century

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“Habitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habitable. Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


hab·​it·​able ˈhab-ət-ə-bəl How to pronounce habitable (audio)
: suitable or fit to live in
a habitable cave
habitability noun

Legal Definition


hab·​it·​able ˈha-bi-tə-bəl How to pronounce habitable (audio)
: 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
habitability noun
habitableness noun
habitably adverb

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