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habitation

[hab-i-tey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. a place of residence; dwelling; abode.
  2. the act of inhabiting; occupancy by inhabitants.
  3. a colony or settlement; community: Each of the scattered habitations consisted of a small number of huts.

Origin of habitation

1325–75; Middle English (h)abitacioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin habitātiōn- (stem of habitātiō) a dwelling, equivalent to habitāt(us) inhabited (past participle of habitāre; see habitat) + -iōn- -ion
Related formshab·i·ta·tion·al, adjectivein·ter·hab·i·ta·tion, nounnon·hab·i·ta·tion, noun

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1. lodgings, home, domicile, quarters.
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British Dictionary definitions for habitational

habitation

noun
  1. a dwelling place
  2. occupation of a dwelling place
Derived Formshabitational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for habitational

habitation

n.

late 14c., "act or fact of dwelling;" also "place of lodging, abode," from Old French habitacion, abitacion "act of dwelling" (12c.) or directly from Latin habitationem (nominative habitatio) "act of dwelling," noun of action from past participle stem of habitare (see habitat).

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