in·​hab·​i·​ta·​tion in-ˌha-bə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce inhabitation (audio)
: the act of inhabiting : the state of being inhabited

Examples of inhabitation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To confuse that with a rigid inhabitation of one’s own identity is to make a mistake like that of some actors who, misinterpreting the Method, over-inhabit the identity of their characters. Jesse Green, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2023 The group would go on to discover pottery sherds and evidence of inhabitation, spanning thousands of years, but grandiose architecture was in short supply. WIRED, 28 Sep. 2023 Searching for biosignatures on worlds outside of our Solar System, which involves looking at the chemical compositions and physical properties of their atmospheres and planetary surfaces, attempting to infer which worlds are rife with hints of inhabitation. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 19 May 2021 The intention is, perhaps next year, for territorial employees to remove these traces of inhabitation and reclaim the site by returning it to its pre-Mirabeau state. Hazlitt, 20 Dec. 2022 This year, in two months alone, its rental inspection program found 33 units unfit for inhabitation., 16 Nov. 2022 Writer-director Todd Field’s capture of the classical world is so true to life, and Blanchett’s inhabitation of it so convincing, that the border between Tár’s world and ours feels as thin as a scrim of light. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2022 This was observable in his inhabitation of the arrangement from the stage: a full-body and full-bodied understanding of Ravel’s rolling dreamscape, its colorful flights of fancy, its spellbinding chordal luminescence, its assorted cataclysms. Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2021 Already, some humans have lived in space since 2000 — the beginning of a 21-year uninterrupted streak of human inhabitation of the space station. Author: Samantha Masunaga, Anchorage Daily News, 6 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inhabitation was in the 15th century

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“Inhabitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2024.

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