[ hab-i-tuh-buhl ]
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  1. 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

Other words from habitable

  • hab·it·a·bil·i·ty, hab·it·a·ble·ness, noun
  • hab·it·a·bly, adverb
  • non·hab·it·a·bil·i·ty, noun
  • non·hab·it·a·ble, adjective
  • non·hab·it·a·ble·ness, noun
  • non·hab·it·a·bly, adverb
  • un·hab·it·a·ble, adjective
  • un·hab·it·a·ble·ness, noun
  • un·hab·it·a·bly, adverb

Words that may be confused with habitable

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How to use habitable in a sentence

  • Thus the wide habitability of the earth is an effect arising from the inclination of its polar axis.

    Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
  • Not only the accessibility of the coast from the sea, but also its habitability enters as a factor into its historical importance.

    Influences of Geographic Environment | Ellen Churchill Semple
  • The earth as a whole owes much of its habitability to these gently graded slopes.

    Influences of Geographic Environment | Ellen Churchill Semple
  • It was all in keeping with the simple kindliness of the great town whose homelikeness arises from its immense habitability.

    London Films | William Dean Howells
  • Thus is revived the old controversy between Whewell and Brewster as to the habitability of the planets.

    History of Astronomy | George Forbes

British Dictionary definitions for habitable


/ (ˈhæbɪtəbəl) /

  1. able to be lived in

Derived forms of habitable

  • habitability or habitableness, noun
  • habitably, adverb

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