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 Potts and colleagues spent nearly three decades studying 1.2 million years of human habitation at the Olorgesailie site. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, "To Adapt to a Changing Environment 400,000 Years Ago, Early Humans Developed New Tools and Behaviors," 21 Oct. 2020 Jackson is wanted on two counts of felonious assault and one count of firing a weapon into a habitation. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, "Sheriff asks public's help finding man wanted in double shooting in Whitewater Township," 20 Oct. 2020 But Madagascar is huge, Douglass notes, with a wide range of topography and local climates, and varying degrees of human habitation over time. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Double whammy doomed Madagascar’s giant birds and mammals," 16 Oct. 2020 From the Kenyan government’s perspective, the evictions are aimed at protecting a vital water resource that has become degraded through human habitation. Geoffrey Kamadi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Who should care for the forest? In Kenya, the question sparks violence.," 14 Oct. 2020 And the latest reports conducted in January on unsheltered homelessness in the county found more than 640 people living outside in places unfit for human habitation. NBC news, "Homeless and facing winter in Minneapolis," 9 Oct. 2020 At the end of October, the International Space Station will celebrate 20 years of continuous human habitation. National Geographic, "How the 'right stuff' to be an astronaut has changed over the years," 7 Oct. 2020 According to the most recent point-in-time count, there are at least 3,767 people living in places not meant for human habitation. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, "'We're really the dumping ground': Phoenix neighbors, service providers clash after decades of inaction on homelessness," 27 May 2020 This summer’s dig also unearthed prehistoric stone tools and a ceremonial pit circle that push back the timeline of the site’s earliest known habitation, according to a blog post summarizing the finds. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Sourdough Bread Oven, ‘Air Freshener’ Found at Medieval Irish Monastery," 23 Sep. 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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25 Oct 2020

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“Habitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habitation. Accessed 30 Oct. 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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