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unoccupied

[uhn-ok-yuh-pahyd] /ʌnˈɒk yəˌpaɪd/
adjective
1.
without occupants; empty; vacant.
2.
not held or controlled by invading forces:
unoccupied nations.
3.
not busy or active; idle; not gainfully employed:
an unoccupied person.
4.
without inhabitants; deserted.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see un-1, occupied
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  • The unoccupied can occupy themselves for a while declaring that capitalism is broke.
  • unoccupied in the winter, the center consists of seven laboratory igloos linked by corridors.
  • Better burglarizing of unoccupied houses than robbing and mugging.
  • Its signal achievement seemed to be stopping for a stop sign at an otherwise unoccupied intersection.
  • We've lit up the night as if it were an unoccupied country, when nothing could be further from the truth.
  • And humans appear to have avoided the newly made island altogether, leaving it unoccupied for over a hundred thousand years.
  • They had become so populous that they could no longer find unoccupied territory in their region.
  • The borrowing capacity of people who would move into new homes is questionable, so homes go unoccupied.
  • Many of these new housing units are still unoccupied, as they await connections to new sewer and electrical grids.
  • Most of the benches were unoccupied: there was room to grow.
British Dictionary definitions for unoccupied

unoccupied

/ʌnˈɒkjʊˌpaɪd/
adjective
1.
(of a building) without occupants
2.
unemployed or idle
3.
(of an area or country) not overrun by foreign troops
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Word Origin and History for unoccupied
adj.

late 14c., "idle," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of occupy. In reference to ground, etc., attested from early 15c.

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