[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

Examples from the Web for nonresidential

Contemporary Examples of nonresidential

British Dictionary definitions for nonresidential


  1. not suitable or allocated for residencenonresidential areas
  2. not having residencenonresidential customers


  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 nonresidential



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

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