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

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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 last point-in-time count for which results are available, from January 2018, showed more than 5,000 people living in shelters or in places not suited for human habitation. Peter Nickeas, chicagotribune.com, "Thousands of Chicago’s homeless have jobs, some college education, contrary to stereotypes, new study says," 2 July 2019 According to the UN’s assessment, Gaza will by next year be no longer fit for human habitation, thanks to the severe shortage of drinking water, the continuing energy crisis, and the high likelihood of a medical epidemic. Tareq Baconi, The New York Review of Books, "One Year of Gaza Protests. A New Era of Palestinian Struggle?," 29 Mar. 2019 The habitation and airlock capabilities will allow crew there to live and work in deep space for 30 to 60 days at a time, the post said. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "President Trump wants $504.2 million to build a mini-space station orbiting the Moon," 19 Feb. 2018 An officer was dispatched to a residence in the 2600 block of Wroxton in regard to a report of a burglary of a habitation that had already occurred. Houston Chronicle, "West University Police Report," 30 Apr. 2018 In wary opposition to the construction are the nomadic Tuareg people, who believe that permanent habitations are antithetical to the spirit of the region and, being Muslim, consider the settlers’ worship of gold to be a form of fetishism. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Heaven Is Not at All What You Think," 25 Jan. 2019 Sauter has been charged with deadly conduct and criminal trespass of a habitation, the report said. Edmund Demarche, Fox News, "Texas man allegedly bites tail off rattlesnake, releases it in neighbor's home: report," 2 July 2018 But standing on the deck of a ship, surrounded by icebergs, and not a sign of human habitation in sight, gets pretty damn close. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 30 Most Romantic Adventures," 8 Feb. 2018 In the absence of habitation, the mapmaker had turned to topographical features to fill up the empty cartographic space. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 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
formal : a place where someone lives


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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