habitation

noun
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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But that number had flipped by 2019, with vastly more people living in tents, cars or other places unfit for human habitation than under a roof. oregonlive.com, "38,000 in Portland area were homeless at some point in 2017, study finds," 20 Aug. 2019 Critics say Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Colorado illustrates the shortcomings of a cleanup designed to be good enough for a refuge but not for human habitation. Dan Elliott, BostonGlobe.com, "Wildlife now roam where US once forged its deadliest weapons," 18 Aug. 2019 Critics say Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Colorado illustrates the shortcomings of a cleanup designed to be good enough for a refuge but not for human habitation. Dan Elliott, The Denver Post, "Heavily polluted U.S. weapons sites — including Rocky Flats and Rocky Mountain Arsenal — are now home to wildlife," 18 Aug. 2019 Guo pleaded guilty to burglary of a habitation a year later. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "Past crimes could come back to haunt murder suspect in Highland Park cold-case rape," 2 Aug. 2019 Burglary of a habitation occurred between July 19 and July 27 in the 11900 block of Shadow Creek Parkway, according to a July 27 police report. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland DWI arrests include weapons charges," 1 Aug. 2019 Human habitation in the Lunar Gateway is planned to begin in 2024. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Canada Offers Robot Arm for NASA's 'Lunar Gateway' Program," 1 Mar. 2019 Europe’s Lost Frontiers, a five-year project that will wrap up in 2020, has been exploring Doggerland on an unprecedented fine scale, mapping extinct rivers and identifying areas where human habitation was most likely. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Rising Seas Swallowed Countless Archaeological Sites. Scientists Want Them Back," 20 May 2019 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

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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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habitation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of habitation

: the act of living in a place
formal : a place where someone lives

habitation

noun
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

habitation

noun
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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