[hab-i-tuh-buh l]

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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British Dictionary definitions for habitably


  1. able to be lived in
Derived Formshabitability or habitableness, nounhabitably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for habitably



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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