Definition of habitable in English:

habitable

adjective

  • Suitable or good enough to live in.

    ‘the house should be habitable by Christmas’
    • ‘The twice-divorced former jazz musician had abandoned his office to live in the property's one remaining habitable room.’
    • ‘A working party from the church is labouring to make the top two floors of this house habitable for James and Lis to live in.’
    • ‘But it is desperately in need of re-decoration and she now faces a battle against time and a shortage of money to make it habitable.’
    • ‘For, if our world is to remain habitable for humankind, nothing else is important enough to divert our attention from this growing problem.’
    • ‘Indeed, that may be one of the ways of making the nation habitable.’
    • ‘The barn then needs a further £75,000 to £100,000 spending on it to make it habitable.’
    • ‘Some buyers carry out restoration in stages, making part of the house habitable and completing the rest of the job as and when time and money allow.’
    • ‘This move is one step in Shanghai's blueprint for becoming a world-class city which is more habitable for its residents.’
    • ‘The agent estimates it would cost up to £100,000 to make it habitable.’
    • ‘Synthetic greenhouse gases could be used to make Mars habitable.’
    • ‘The third requested the Council to offer incentives to owners of derelict homes to help make the buildings habitable.’
    • ‘That we live in a habitable universe of course is a selection effect.’
    • ‘It's a gigantic ball of fire which supposedly warms the Earth enough to make it habitable for life.’
    • ‘We may well be living in a habitable portion of an infinite and random universe whose initial state obeyed no laws of Nature at all.’
    • ‘It's been obvious, since my return, that the collared doves have given up any attempt to make the high-rise golden cypress habitable.’
    • ‘The themes begin with discovery, exploration and survival in the last habitable landmass discovered by humans.’
    • ‘There are 26,000 million insects living in every square mile of habitable land on Earth.’
    • ‘Getting the house back in habitable condition means a coal fire and central heating are at full blast 24 hours a day.’
    • ‘The loft above the taverna containing one habitable room was used for the lodging of the storekeeper, the caretakers or the workshop employees.’
    • ‘Householders and businesses suffered months of heartache and misery as they battled to clear up the mess and make their premises habitable again.’
    fit to live in, inhabitable, fit to occupy, in good repair, usable, liveable in, suitable for residential use
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Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin habitabilis, from habitare ‘possess, inhabit’.

Pronunciation

habitable

/ˈhabɪtəb(ə)l/