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vacant

[vey-kuh nt] /ˈveɪ kənt/
adjective
1.
having no contents; empty; void:
a vacant niche.
2.
having no occupant; unoccupied:
no vacant seats on this train.
3.
not in use:
a vacant room.
4.
devoid of thought or reflection:
a vacant mind.
5.
characterized by, showing, or proceeding from lack of thought or intelligence:
a vacant answer; a vacant expression on a face.
6.
not occupied by an incumbent, official, or the like, as a benefice or office.
7.
free from work, business, activity, etc.:
vacant hours.
8.
characterized by or proceeding from absence of occupation:
a vacant life.
9.
devoid or destitute (often followed by of):
He was vacant of human sympathy.
10.
Law.
  1. having no tenant and devoid of furniture, fixtures, etc. (distinguished from unoccupied):
    a vacant house.
  2. idle or unutilized; open to any claimant, as land.
  3. without an incumbent; having no heir or claimant; abandoned:
    a vacant estate.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Latin vacant- (stem of vacāns, present participle of vacāre to be empty); see -ant
Related forms
vacantly, adverb
vacantness, noun
nonvacant, adjective
nonvacantly, adverb
unvacant, adjective
unvacantly, adverb
Can be confused
vacant, vacuous, vapid.
Synonyms
1, 2. See empty. 5. blank, vacuous, inane.
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British Dictionary definitions for vacantly

vacant

/ˈveɪkənt/
adjective
1.
without any contents; empty
2.
(postpositive) foll by of. devoid (of something specified)
3.
having no incumbent; unoccupied: a vacant post
4.
having no tenant or occupant: a vacant house
5.
characterized by or resulting from lack of thought or intelligent awareness: a vacant stare
6.
(of time, etc) not allocated to any activity: a vacant hour in one's day
7.
spent in idleness or inactivity: a vacant life
8.
(law) (of an estate, etc) having no heir or claimant
Derived Forms
vacantly, adverb
vacantness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Latin vacāre to be empty
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Word Origin and History for vacantly

vacant

adj.

late 13c., from Old French vacant, from Latin vacantem (nominative vacans), present participle of vacare "to be empty" (see vain). Related: Vacantly.

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