un·​in·​hab·​it·​ed | \ ˌən-in-ˈha-bə-təd \

Definition of uninhabited 

: not occupied or lived in by people : not inhabited an uninhabited island/house

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Located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa, the Seychelles are comprised of 115 islands, most of which are uninhabited. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Six Senses Zil Pasyon," 13 Nov. 2018 Nearly 600 isles, all but a few uninhabited, make up this archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 The windswept Shetlands lie less than 400 miles from the Arctic Circle, and their outermost isle, an uninhabited rocky outcrop called Out Stack, is the northernmost point of Britain. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "U.K. Maps Now Required to Give the Shetland Archipelago Some Respect," 15 Oct. 2018 Almost all were intercepted or landed harmlessly in uninhabited areas. Ian Talley, WSJ, "U.S. Widens Iran Sanctions for Supplying Missiles to Yemen’s Houthis," 22 May 2018 And remember, the space station could very well crash into the ocean or over an uninhabited area, and the pieces could spread out over hundreds of miles. Brian Resnick, Vox, "A Chinese space station is hurtling toward Earth. Where will it land?," 28 Mar. 2018 China has territorial disputes with several neighboring countries in the nearby seas, mostly over small, uninhabited islets and reefs. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Is Buying Giant Attack Hovercraft From Russia," 24 Dec. 2015 The result is a 12-story tower that looks like a bunch of mini homes teetering on top of each other, a truly amazing sight in an otherwise uninhabited area. Lauren Piro, Good Housekeeping, "Dr. Seuss Would Have Loved This Alaskan Cabin," 7 Apr. 2015 Experts have uncovered stunning evidence that parts of the Amazon long thought to have been almost uninhabited were once home to populations of up to a million people. James Rogers, Fox News, "Amazing Amazon discovery: 'Uninhabited' areas were once home to a million people," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of uninhabited

1571, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uninhabited was in 1571

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un·​in·​hab·​it·​ed | \ ˌən-in-ˈha-bə-təd\

Kids Definition of uninhabited

: not lived in or on an uninhabited island

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