house·​bro·​ken | \ˈhau̇s-ˌbrō-kən \

Definition of housebroken 

1 : trained to excretory habits acceptable in indoor living used of a household pet

2 : made tractable or polite

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Dogs supposedly trained to detect and respond to potentially life-threatening blood sugar levels in people with diabetes were, in reality, often untrained, un-housebroken puppies with hefty pricetags—currently set at $25,000. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "$25K “diabetic alert dogs” were untrained, un-housebroken puppies, lawsuit says," 10 May 2018 Sherman, discarded by the Seahawks, arrives with bad-puppy baggage — old, banged-up, a rep for being not quite housebroken. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Discarded athletes find good homes in Bay Area," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of housebroken

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of housebroken

of an animal : trained to urinate or defecate outside the home or in an acceptable place indoors


house·​bro·​ken | \-ˌbrō-kən \

Medical Definition of housebroken 

: trained to excretory habits acceptable in indoor living used of a household pet

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a nest or breeding place

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