from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. fit to live in; habitable (see inflammable for usage note)
  • adj. Not habitable; not suitable to be inhabited.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being inhabited; habitable.
  • adj. Not habitable; not suitable to be inhabited.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being inhabited, or of affording habitation; suitable for habitation; habitable.
  • Not habitable; uninhabitable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. fit for habitation


inhabit +‎ -able (Wiktionary)
Latin inhabitabilis: compare French inhabitable. See in- not, and habitable. (Wiktionary)



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  • Weirdnet seems to disagree with you, seanahan.

    January 11, 2008

  • Are you sure that habitable and inhabitable mean the same thing? I always assumed that they were opposite.

    January 11, 2008

  • In English, inhabitable is a synonym of habitable.
    In Spanish, the two words are antonyms.

    Peculiarly, Spanish subscribes to the same lack of logic as English when it comes to burning things:

    inflamable* means the same as its counterpart in English - i.e. inflammable (=flammable=burns easily)

    As a result, there is no uncomplicated antonym in Spanish - some possibilities are the inelegant ininflamable, incombustible, refractario, and calorífugo. All four of these terms appear in the dictionary of the Royal Academy (RAE).

    *: Note that the double-m of the English word does not carry over to Spanish, because of the orthographical rule known as the 'rule of Carolina', which states that the only consonants which can be doubled in Spanish are those appearing in the word 'Carolina'. Exceptions to this rule are generally confined to words borrowed unchanged from another language.

    January 10, 2008