May 28, 2013
habitable (adjective)
\HAB-uh-tuh-bul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: suitable or fit to live in
How do you use it?
When our family bought the house three years ago it was barely habitable, but we've been working hard and it's pretty nice now.
Are you a word wiz?

Which of the following is best described as "habitable" for human beings?

A woodland cabin is not only habitable, it sounds downright cozy! "Habitable" has a number of relatives, among them "inhabit," which means "to live or dwell in": if you inhabit a place chances are it's habitable. "Habitation" means "the act of inhabiting," as in "a cabin suitable for habitation" and also "a dwelling place," as in "a wilderness with few habitations." Also related is "habitat," which means "the place or type of place where a plant or animal naturally or normally lives or grows," as in "the bird's natural habitat." All of these words trace back to the Latin word "habitare," meaning "to dwell."
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