in·​hab·​i·​ta·​tion | \ in-ˌha-bə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce inhabitation (audio) \

Definition of inhabitation

: the act of inhabiting : the state of being inhabited

Examples of inhabitation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The same was true of the tribe that gave Yosemite its name, but in John Muir’s eyes, and Roosevelt’s, what had been long inhabitation was viewed as encroachment. David Gessner, Outside Online, "Are National Parks Really America's Best Idea?," 6 Aug. 2020 Humans have been flying to space for nearly six decades—from Yuri Gagarin’s first flight above Earth’s atmosphere to the construction and inhabitation of the International Space Station. Kurt Mutchler, National Geographic, "A brief history of human spaceflight—1961 to present," 21 May 2020 Even more affecting than the book’s inhabitation of Solanas’s past is its longing for its subject. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "“Valerie” Is an Extraordinary Love Letter to a Radical Feminist," 1 Aug. 2019 Day 2: Motor City Culture Following Detroit’s tradition of re-inhabitation, Rose’s Fine Food makes its home an old diner in the Marina neighborhood. Leslie Pariseau, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Detroit," 3 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of inhabitation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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14 Aug 2020

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“Inhabitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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