What does inhabitant mean?

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ɪnˈhæb ɪ təntin·hab·i·tant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inhabitant, habitant, dweller, denizen, indwellernoun

    a person who inhabits a particular place


  1. inhabitantnoun

    Someone or thing who lives in a place.

  2. Etymology: inhabitant, from inhabitans, present participle of inhabito, from in- + habito (frequentative of habeo, from ghabh-.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Inhabitantnoun

    Dweller; one that lives or resides in a place.

    Etymology: from inhabit.

    In this place they report that they saw inhabitants, which were very fair and fat people. George Abbot.

    If the fervour of the sun were the sole cause of blackness in any land of negroes, it were also reasonable that inhabitants of the same latitude, subjected unto the same vicinity of the sun, should also partake of the same hue. Brown.

    For his supposed love a third
    Lays greedy hold upon a bird,
    And stands amaz'd to find his dear
    A wild inhabitant of th' air. Edmund Waller.

    What happier natures shrink at with affright,
    The hard inhabitant contends is right. Alexander Pope.


  1. inhabitant

    In law and conflict of laws, domicile is relevant to an individual's "personal law", which includes the law that governs a person's status and their property. It is independent of a person's nationality. Although a domicile may change from time to time, a person has only one domicile, or residence, at any point in their life, no matter what their circumstances. Domicile is distinct from habitual residence, where there is less focus on future intent. As domicile is one of the connecting factors ordinarily used in common law legal systems, a person can never be left without a domicile and a domicile is acquired by everyone at birth. Generally domicile can be divided into domicile of origin, domicile of choice, and domicile by operation of law (also known as domicile of dependency). When determining the domicile of an individual, a court applies its own law and understanding of what domicile is.In some common-law countries, such as Australia and New Zealand, the concept of domicile has been subject to statutory reform. Further, under Canada’s Divorce Act, domicile has been replaced as the basis for which a provincial court has jurisdiction to hear and determine a divorce proceeding. Instead, "A court in a province has jurisdiction to hear and determine a divorce proceeding if either spouse has been habitually resident in the province for at least one year immediately preceding the commencement of the proceeding". Although domicile was traditionally known as the most appropriate connecting factor to establish an individual’s personal law, its significance has declined over the years in common law systems.


  1. inhabitant

    An inhabitant is a person or animal that lives or resides in a particular place or environment. It refers to a person or other living thing that occupies or dwells in a specific area, be it a city, country, or even a particular type of environment such as a forest or ocean.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inhabitantnoun

    one who dwells or resides permanently in a place, as distinguished from a transient lodger or visitor; as, an inhabitant of a house, a town, a city, county, or state

  2. Inhabitantnoun

    one who has a legal settlement in a town, city, or parish; a permanent resident

  3. Etymology: [L. inhabitans, -antis, p. pr. of inhabitare.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A native of any village, town or city. OLDEST INHABITANT The Champion Liar.

Editors Contribution

  1. inhabitant

    A person who lives at a specific place.

    The countries inhabitants are grateful for their neighbours.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 9, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'inhabitant' in Nouns Frequency: #2154

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inhabitant in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inhabitant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of inhabitant in a Sentence

  1. James Buchanan:

    But be this as it may, it is the imperative and indispensable duty of the Government of the United States to secure to every resident inhabitant the free and independent expression of his opinion by his vote.

  2. Leonard Bernstein:

    Any great work of art revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world -- the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air.

  3. Hannah More:

    Genius without religion is only a lamp on the outer gate of a palace; it may serve to cast a gleam of light on those that are without, while the inhabitant sits in darkness.

  4. Leonard Bernstein:

    Any great work of art . . . revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world -- the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air.

  5. Oliver Wendell Holmes:

    It is by no means certain that our individual personality is the single inhabitant of these our corporeal frames... We all do things both awake and asleep which surprise us. Perhaps we have cotenants in this house we live in.

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