Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    An abiding place, permanent or temporary. See 79 N. Y. 454, 35 Am. Rep. 536.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In the civil law. The right of a person to live in the house of another without prejudice to the property. It differed from a usufruct, in this: that the usufructuary might apply the house to any purpose, as of a store or manufactory; whereas the party having the right of habitation could only use it for the residence of himself and family. 1 Browne, Civil Law, 184. In estates. A dwelling-house; a home-stall. 2 Bl. Comm. 4; 4 Bl. Comin. 220; Holmes v. Oregon & C. R. Co. (D. C.) 5 Fed. 527; Nowlin v. Scott, 10 Grat. (Va.) 65; Harvard College v. Gore, 5 Pick. (Mass.) 372.