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

Examples of uninhabitable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rising salt water not only kills trees but leaves soil unhealthy and forests uninhabitable for new growth, Nerdist reports. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Mar. 2021 The building was deemed uninhabitable and the seven residents displaced will stay with family and friends. Megan Jones, chicagotribune.com, 13 Dec. 2021 More than 60% of my apartment complex was deemed uninhabitable. The Guardian, Scientific American, 11 Nov. 2021 Yet again, world leaders are gathered (in Glasgow this time) to try to stave off the ultimate tragedy of the commons – making the planet uninhabitable by humans. George Bradt, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 The 22-unit building sustained extensive fire and water damage and was deemed uninhabitable, Rucker said. Star Tribune Staff, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 Employees whose homes were uninhabitable as well as first responders and insurance adjusters were able to base there with limited power, as lodge chefs used grills and propane stoves to serve up hot meals to anyone in need. Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2021 Her apartment is uninhabitable since the wind blew out the windows and covered her bed in glass and asphalt. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 14 Dec. 2021 Earth is uninhabitable, so humanity has spread out to various planets and moons and other locales across the solar system, which have been terraformed to resemble our home world. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of uninhabitable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jan 2022

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“Uninhabitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uninhabitable. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of uninhabitable

: not safe or suitable to be lived in

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