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habitable

[hab-i-tuh-buh l] /ˈhæb ɪ tə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being inhabited.
Origin of habitable
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English habitābilis, equivalent to habitā(re) to inhabit (see habitat) + -bilis -ble; replacing Middle English abitable < Middle French
Related forms
habitability, habitableness, noun
habitably, adverb
nonhabitability, noun
nonhabitable, adjective
nonhabitableness, noun
nonhabitably, adverb
unhabitable, adjective
unhabitableness, noun
unhabitably, adverb
Can be confused
habitable, inhabitable, uninhabitable.
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Examples from the Web for habitability
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  • It is, therefore, upon the question of the presence of water that the question of the habitability of a given world chiefly turns.

    Are the Planets Inhabited? E. Walter Maunder
  • The warmth and the habitability of the earth's surface is due to the presence of water-vapor and carbon-dioxide in the atmosphere.

    Astronomy for Young Folks Isabel Martin Lewis
  • Thus is revived the old controversy between Whewell and Brewster as to the habitability of the planets.

    History of Astronomy George Forbes
  • The first circumstance to be considered in relation to the habitability of a planet is its distance from the sun.

    Man's Place in the Universe Alfred R. Wallace
  • But its case shows that a further condition of habitability has to be satisfied by a planet.

    Are the Planets Inhabited? E. Walter Maunder
  • Neither of these facts was known when Proctor wrote upon the question of the habitability of the planets.

    Man's Place in the Universe Alfred R. Wallace
  • But without regard to the question of habitability, the asteroids will be found extremely interesting.

    Other Worlds Garrett P. Serviss
  • We learn, therefore, that the time of rotation of a planet is an important factor in its habitability.

    Are the Planets Inhabited? E. Walter Maunder
  • When we look to the other planets of our system we see everywhere illustrations of the relation of size and mass to habitability.

    Man's Place in the Universe Alfred R. Wallace
  • It was the discovery that the moon has no perceptible atmosphere that first seriously undermined the theory of its habitability.

    Other Worlds Garrett P. Serviss
British Dictionary definitions for habitability

habitable

/ˈhæbɪtəbəl/
adjective
1.
able to be lived in
Derived Forms
habitability, habitableness, noun
habitably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for habitability

habitable

adj.

late 14c., from Old French habitable "suitable for human dwelling" (14c.), from Latin habitabilis "that is fit to live in," from habitare (see habitat). Related: Habitably; habitability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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