un·​in·​hab·​it·​able | \ ˌən-in-ˈha-bə-tə-bəl \

Definition of uninhabitable

: unfit for habitation : not inhabitable an uninhabitable wilderness

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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 And these virtual worlds are training camps for the youth, preparing them for the day when the planet becomes uninhabitable. Steve Brykman, Ars Technica, "Forget Fortnite—my son is still obsessed with Minecraft," 16 Dec. 2018 So this quadrant of the vast and largely uninhabitable flood plain not only once hosted a settlement but one with a large elite population. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Finding Pharaoh and spotting looters from orbit," 1 Nov. 2018 Their house stayed intact, but is uninhabitable, Mr. West said. Jon Kamp And Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Michael Blasts Deadly Path Across Several Southern States," 11 Oct. 2018

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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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