1. The act of inhabiting or the state of being inhabited.
a. A natural environment or locality.
b. A residence.
[Middle English habitacioun, from Latin habitātiō, habitātiōn-, from habitātus, past participle of habitāre, to dwell; see HABITABLE.]
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