hab·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌha-bə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce habitation (audio) \

Definition of habitation

1 : the act of inhabiting : occupancy not fit for human habitation
2 : a dwelling place

Examples of habitation in a Sentence

The house was not fit for human habitation. a wilderness area with few habitations
Recent Examples on the Web As a result, she was charged with burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — family violence. Shafiq Najib, PEOPLE.com, 15 May 2022 Timothy Daniel Gisentaner, 34, was facing charges of burglary of a habitation, possession of methamphetamine, and evading on foot for the incident on Monday. Paul Best, Fox News, 21 Apr. 2022 He wasn't immediately charged but was booked into the Harris County Jail on a warrant for burglary of a habitation from Fort Bend County for an incident in September 2020. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 4 Mar. 2022 Alkheqani had five prior felony convictions, including four for burglary of a habitation, the U.S. attorney’s office said. Hojun Choi, Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2021 Of those individuals, 202 were unsheltered, living in places deemed not fit for human habitation such as on the street, beneath underpasses, in encampments or in their cars. The Indianapolis Star, 14 July 2022 Robinson also recognizes the indigenous people who have lived in the Sierra across 10,000 years of human habitation. Michael Berry, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 May 2022 His design philosophy is rooted in the harmonious meeting of human habitation and the natural world. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, 12 May 2022 The approval came despite a conclusion by the agency that the mine would threaten nearly 60 culturally or historically significant sites, mostly Indigenous obsidian tool-making or habitation sites. Chris Aadland, oregonlive, 10 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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hab·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌha-bə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce habitation (audio) \

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 How to pronounce habitation (audio) \

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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