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[hab-i-tuh-buh l] /ˈhæb ɪ tə bəl/
capable of being inhabited.
Origin of habitable
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for habitability
Historical Examples
  • A word about Sir William Herschel's theory of the sun and its habitability.

    Astronomy David Todd
  • This fact also has been used as an argument against the habitability of the planet.

    Other Worlds

    Garrett P. Serviss
  • Facts like these are vital in the consideration of the future of the Amazon basin and especially its habitability.

  • Much less was there any attempt yet by Thorwald to resume the argument about the habitability of other worlds.

  • I acquired the belief in the habitability of other worlds when quite young, and it long ago grew into a settled conviction.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • There is another altogether different line of arguments in favour of the habitability of the stars, which I omit for the present.

British Dictionary definitions for habitability


able to be lived in
Derived Forms
habitability, habitableness, noun
habitably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for habitability



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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