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
Recent Examples on the Web Dreams travel worstward, during a fever, and one job of the movies is to give our dreams, good or bad, a local habitation and a name. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Our Fever for Plague Movies," 15 May 2020 Because Butler has a criminal history that includes two convictions for buglary of a habitation by force, he was deemed a repeat offender. Elizabeth Zavala, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio man convicted of murder in February sentenced via Zoom in a first for Bexar County," 6 May 2020 For six straight years, unsheltered homelessness — people living on the streets, in desert washes, vehicles or another place not meant for habitation — has increased in the metro area. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Phoenix mayor wants more shelter beds for homeless, with parameters," 3 Mar. 2020 This summer an order was issued declaring the property unfit for habitation. Spencer Durham, Detroit Free Press, "ACLU of Michigan takes up cases of 14 Amish families under scrutiny in Lenawee County," 19 Dec. 2019 The McAllen facility where Carlos arrived on May 13 was barely fit for habitation. Robert Moore, ProPublica, "Inside the Cell Where a Sick 16-Year-Old Boy Died in Border Patrol Care," 8 Dec. 2019 But overall, there are no signs of long-term habitation inside the structure. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Mysterious Ice Age structure made from hundreds of mammoth bones discovered in Russia," 16 Mar. 2020 Burglary of habitation occurred between Dec. 26, 2019, and Jan. 31, according to a police report filed Jan. 31 in the 3300 block of Castlebay Court. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland police ask: Have you seen this robbery suspect?," 6 Feb. 2020 Caves are one of our oldest known human habitations, and there’s good reason for it. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "9 Natural Shelters that will Save Your Life," 16 Jan. 2020

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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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3 Jun 2020

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“Habitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habitation. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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