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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Recent Examples on the Web An old couch, two plastic chairs, and wall decorations of homes shifted sideways are among the only family items left behind in the uninhabitable house. BostonGlobe.com, "Secrets in the sky," 13 Jan. 2021 The Palos Hills building commissioner deemed the building uninhabitable. Bill Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Red Cross, fellow residents step up to help 56 displaced by Christmas Day fire in Palos Hills," 26 Dec. 2020 They are simultaneously threatened by and skeptical of climate change, which scientists say could make the island uninhabitable within the next five decades. Washington Post, "On a Trump-loving island in the Chesapeake, a virus outbreak unites instead of divides," 22 Dec. 2020 The double gallery house was initially uninhabitable due to roof issues and failed attempts to keep the elements out. R. Stephanie Bruno, NOLA.com, "History, art, elegance: Here are the unique New Orleans homes we toured in 2020," 21 Dec. 2020 The struggle to survive, even on what may be an uninhabitable planet, becomes uglier and more treacherous every minute. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Greenland’ delivers a Giant Comet 2020, extinction-level event," 16 Dec. 2020 Dozens of homes on the hillside are uninhabitable because of the incident, said Alekka Fullerton, Haines borough interim manager. Amir Vera And Andy Rose, CNN, "Six people are missing after landslides in Alaska," 2 Dec. 2020 All of this combined will lead to parts of the region being uninhabitable for weeks, if not months. NBC News, "Hurricane Iota nears landfall in Central America as Category 5, humanitarian crisis looms," 16 Nov. 2020 Reeder said the cause of the fire is under investigation but the building is uninhabitable due to fire and smoke damage. Mike Nolan, chicagotribune.com, "2 kids rescued from Tinley Park apartment after fire breaks out," 1 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of uninhabitable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jan 2021

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“Uninhabitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uninhabitable. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of uninhabitable

: not safe or suitable to be lived in

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