Definition of inhabitancy in English:


(also inhabitance)


mass nounarchaic
  • The state of living in a particular place, especially during a specified period so as to acquire certain rights.

    ‘he built a cottage to give an air of cheerfulness and inhabitancy to the scene’
    • ‘Leaving it five days instead told my mom I was as interested and pleased to be in Honourshill as I had been in any of our other towns of inhabitancy.’
    • ‘The mountain, still showing the last vestiges of human inhabitance just the night before, exploded in a shower of dust.’
    • ‘North Vancouver's Presentation House Gallery is exhibiting a group of contemporary photographs exploring human inhabitance on the landscape until May 30.’
    • ‘But that was a bit strange, there was no sign of male inhabitance.’
    • ‘She was leading the mare through the trees, searching as usual for a good tree to climb and those evasive signs of inhabitance when the horse stopped.’
    residence, residency, habitation, inhabitation, occupancy, tenancy, tenure, lease, living in
    View synonyms