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 Written records indicate that humans had settled in the area by the eighth century A.D., but until now, archaeological evidence of earlier habitation was scant. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "3,000-Year-Old Submerged Settlement Discovered in Switzerland," 4 May 2021 Their visit to the site was evidently brief and purposeful, however; there are no traces of habitation, toolmaking or any other activities. Jennifer Raff, Scientific American, "Genomes Reveal Humanity’s Journey into the Americas," 1 May 2021 Karlos Chase Philpot, 18, has been indicted for murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, four counts of felonious assault and improperly discharging a firearm into a habitation. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, "Butler County grand jury indicts three teens on murder charges in January killing," 22 Apr. 2021 City officials declared the home unfit for habitation, but with nowhere else to go, Fisher's family stayed. NBC News, "Crises collide: Homeless in America when climate disaster strikes," 20 Apr. 2021 An employee at the Milam County Jail confirmed to EW that Baker was charged with burglary of habitation — a second-degree felony. Jolie Lash, EW.com, "American Idol contestant Cecil Ray Baker arrested on burglary charge in Texas," 20 Apr. 2021 Yet historians say the site’s significance goes back to the earliest human habitation in North America. Washington Post, "George Washington’s historic River Farm is worth saving for reasons beyond the president, historians say," 12 Apr. 2021 Following last year's fire, six of the eight units were cleared for habitation in September, and the remaining two were reopened to renters in January. Brooks Johnson, Star Tribune, "Duluth man who died in Easter Sunday fire identified," 7 Apr. 2021 More from Musk on Mars Most plans for habitation on Mars have opted for residents to occupy underground caves. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "See the Astonishing Plans for the Very First City on Mars," 24 Mar. 2021

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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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11 May 2021

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“Habitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habitation. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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