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res·i·den·tial / ˌrezəˈdenchəl/ • adj. designed for people to live in: private residential and nursing homes. ∎  providing accommodations in addition to other services: a residential college. ∎  occupied by private houses: quieter traffic in residential areas. ∎  concerning or relating to residence: land has been diverted from residential use.DERIVATIVES: res·i·den·tial·ly adv.