[hab-i-tuh-buh l]


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 formshab·it·a·bil·i·ty, hab·it·a·ble·ness, nounhab·it·a·bly, adverbnon·hab·it·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·hab·it·a·ble, adjectivenon·hab·it·a·ble·ness, nounnon·hab·it·a·bly, adverbun·hab·it·a·ble, adjectiveun·hab·it·a·ble·ness, nounun·hab·it·a·bly, adverb
Can be confusedhabitable inhabitable uninhabitable
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Examples from the Web for habitability

Historical Examples of habitability

  • A word about Sir William Herschel's theory of the sun and its habitability.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for habitability



able to be lived in
Derived Formshabitability or habitableness, nounhabitably, adverb
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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.

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