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residential

[rez-i-den-shuh l]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to residence or to residences: a residential requirement for a doctorate.
  2. suited for or characterized by private residences: a residential neighborhood.

Origin of residential

1645–55; < Medieval Latin residenti(a) residence + -al1
Related formsres·i·den·ti·al·i·ty [rez-i-den-shee-al-i-tee] /ˌrɛz ɪˌdɛn ʃiˈæl ɪ ti/, nounres·i·den·tial·ly, adverbnon·res·i·den·tial, adjectivepseu·do·res·i·den·tial, adjectivequa·si-res·i·den·tial, adjectivequa·si-res·i·den·tial·ly, adverbun·res·i·den·tial, adjective
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Examples from the Web for residential

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Historical Examples

  • The business and residential portion had gradually shifted northward.

    Novel Notes

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • Batavia is the business quarter of the city; Weltevreden the residential.

  • The streets were practically deserted in the residential part of the town.

    Brand Blotters

    William MacLeod Raine

  • He was a member of the residential colony who had made Florence their home.

    A Room With A View

    E. M. Forster

  • I chose the district carefully, because it was residential, and not commercial.

    Eliza

    Barry Pain


British Dictionary definitions for residential

residential

adjective
  1. suitable for or allocated for residencea residential area
  2. relating to or having residence
Derived Formsresidentially, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for residential

adj.

1650s, "serving as a residence," from resident (n.) + -ial. Meaning "having to do with housing" is from 1856.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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