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[ hab-i-tey-shuhn ]


  1. a place of residence; dwelling; abode.

    Synonyms: domicile, home

  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.


/ ˌhæbɪˈteɪʃən /


  1. a dwelling place
  2. occupation of a dwelling place

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Derived Forms

  • ˌhabiˈtational, adjective
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Other Words From

  • habi·tation·al adjective
  • inter·habi·tation noun
  • nonhab·i·tation noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of habitation1

1325–75; Middle English ( h ) abitacioun (< Anglo-French ) < Latin habitātiōn- (stem of habitātiō ) a dwelling, equivalent to habitāt ( us ) inhabited (past participle of habitāre; habitat ) + -iōn- -ion
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Example Sentences

The most northwest habitation in Canada — roughly 80 miles above the Arctic Circle — the town sits at the heart of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation.

After a federal judge ruled that the city’s so-called vehicle habitation law was too vague in 2018, the city passed yet another law restoring its ability to prohibit homeless people from living in cars on city streets.

Three quarters of those forest islands—which were likely built out of the flat plain by humans—contain unambiguous signs of human habitation, from the remains of fires to ditches and ceramics.

Even northern Canada, where no snakes live now, has snake fossils from a warmer era—a trend that may repeat itself, as global temperatures rise, reopening vast tracts of land to snake habitation.

These include habitation and life support systems, solar power, and shielding from radiation and micrometeorite impacts.

Apparently campaign staffers and volunteers had been living in the building considered unsafe for human habitation.

And one strong gust of wind could blow the whole edifice of human habitation away.

The recent Cancerian theme of creativity bleeds into the domestic sector, opening the door on imaginative modes of habitation.

Commenons, comme l'on dict, de chez nous, de la maison et habitation; puis nous sortirons dehors.

Et au partir de l tira ledit Sieur au Port Royal lieu de son habitation.

It would not have been an unsightly spot if the marks of the habitation of poor and careless folk had been wiped away.

And Asor shall be a habitation for dragons, desolate for ever: no man shall abide there, nor son of man inhabit it.

I have, therefore, thought it expedient to enliven with paintings the whole habitation of the saint.