hab·​i·​ta·​tion | \ˌha-bə-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of habitation 

1 : the act of inhabiting : occupancy not fit for human habitation

2 : a dwelling place

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Examples of habitation in a Sentence

The house was not fit for human habitation. a wilderness area with few habitations

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The man will likely be charged with burglary of habitation. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "HPD: SWAT team finds stalker nude after breaking into Spring Branch home," 1 June 2018 The inspection is required to deem the house safe for habitation. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Nonprofit group offering flood relief aid as county road work continues in Catonsville, Oella," 12 June 2018 Tolerate no uncleaness in body, clothes, or habitation. David Roper, idahostatesman, "Finding the virtues to put yourself right with the Lord," 21 June 2018 Charmin Donley, of Sweeny, was already incarcerated by the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office on unrelated charges when she was served with a warrant on Saturday and charged with burglary of a habitation, according to the Sweeny Police Department. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "Houston-area woman accused stealing jewelry from 93-year-old resident in nursing home, pawning it," 3 Apr. 2018 The two following Orion flights will bring habitation modules, built in Europe and Japan, and bolt them to the propulsion module. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "This Is NASA's Plan For Humanity's Return to the Moon, and Beyond," 8 Dec. 2016 City housing inspectors declared the rowhouse at 900 N. Payson St. vacant and unfit for human habitation in November 2008. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Collapse: The rise and deadly fall of a Baltimore rowhouse," 12 July 2018 The National Construction Authority found 58 percent of buildings in Nairobi were unfit for habitation. Ben Curtis, The Seattle Times, "Building collapses in Kenya’s capital; police report 3 dead," 3 June 2018 New rowhouses and apartments are pushing habitation in the direction of the river again. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "Will a new riverfront concert venue close the gap between Fishtown and the Delaware - or widen it?," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of habitation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for habitation

Middle English habitacioun, from Anglo-French habitaciun, from Latin habitation-, habitatio, from habitare to inhabit, frequentative of habēre

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English Language Learners Definition of habitation

: the act of living in a place

: a place where someone lives


hab·​i·​ta·​tion | \ˌha-bə-ˈtā-shən \

Kids Definition of habitation

1 : the act of living in a place The house is fit for habitation.

2 : a place to live


hab·​i·​ta·​tion | \ˌha-bə-ˈtā-shən \

Legal Definition of habitation 

1a : the act of occupying or inhabiting

b in the civil law of Louisiana : the right of a person to dwell in the house of another

2 : a dwelling place

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