[rez-i-den-shuh l]
  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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for non-residential


  1. suitable for or allocated for residencea residential area
  2. relating to or having residence
Derived Formsresidentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for non-residential



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

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