un·​in·​hab·​it·​able | \ ˌən-in-ˈha-bə-tə-bəl How to pronounce uninhabitable (audio) \

Definition of uninhabitable

: unfit for habitation : not inhabitable an uninhabitable wilderness

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The Moon Village must be able to sustain human life in an otherwise uninhabitable setting. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Is This Inflatable City What Life Would Look Like on the Moon?," 11 Apr. 2019 Many structures with thin cement walls and corrugated tin roofs have been flattened or rendered otherwise uninhabitable. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Drinking Water, Fuel in Short Supply in Indonesian Quake Zone," 7 Aug. 2018 The several feet of sea level rise predicted over the course of this century would be enough to make more than a thousand islands uninhabitable. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "To Save Themselves from Sea Level Rise, the Marshall Islands Want to Raise the Land," 26 Feb. 2019 Sakovskaya complained to Putin that the local authorities had done nothing to assist her or other residents of the village, and her home remained uninhabitable. Sabra Ayres, latimes.com, "'Uncle Volodya, I dream of new dresses': greatest hits from Putin's annual call-in show," 7 June 2018 Then there was the concussive trifecta of Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Sandy from 2011 to 2012, strewing debris far inland and leaving gashes in houses that remain uninhabitable. David W. Chen, New York Times, "In New York, Drawing Flood Maps Is a ‘Game of Inches’," 7 Jan. 2018 Evan Burns, who manages a resort on Lombok, says his house is now uninhabitable, having sustained severe structural damage from the magnitude 7.0 quake that hit the island Sunday evening, killing at least 91 people. Fox News, "The Latest: Pope prays for dead and consolation for grieving," 6 Aug. 2018 In the end, the blueberries would create an uninhabitable (for humans, at least) sort of oceanic expoplanet. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "What If the Earth Was Made Out of Blueberries?," 5 Aug. 2018 Fire officials said the home was uninhabitable, and victim services and the Red Cross were contacted to assist the two adults and three children who reside there. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Three youths escape Aurora house fire," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of uninhabitable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of uninhabitable

: not safe or suitable to be lived in

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