civil law. It was the right of a person to live in the
of another without prejudice to the property.
2. It differed from a usufruct in this, that the usufructuary might have
applied the house to any purpose, as, a store or manufactory; whereas the
party having the right of habitation. could only use it for the residence
of himself and family. 1 Bro. Civ. Law, 184 Domat. l. 1, t. 11, s. 2, n. 7.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition