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vacuous

[vak-yoo-uh s] /ˈvæk yu əs/
adjective
1.
without contents; empty:
the vacuous air.
2.
lacking in ideas or intelligence:
a vacuous mind.
3.
expressing or characterized by a lack of ideas or intelligence; inane; stupid:
a vacuous book.
4.
purposeless; idle:
a vacuous way of life.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Latin vacuus empty; see -ous
Related forms
vacuously, adverb
vacuousness, noun
nonvacuous, adjective
nonvacuously, adverb
nonvacuousness, noun
unvacuous, adjective
unvacuously, adverb
unvacuousness, noun
Can be confused
vacant, vacuous, vapid.
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Examples from the web for vacuous
  • And despite this somewhat overly simple and circular criterion, it is not vacuous.
  • It's an overly simple and circular criterion, but it isn't vacuous.
  • Then it becomes emptiness, transforming people into vacuous ghosts of who they used to be.
British Dictionary definitions for vacuous

vacuous

/ˈvækjʊəs/
adjective
1.
containing nothing; empty
2.
bereft of ideas or intelligence; mindless
3.
characterized by or resulting from vacancy of mind: a vacuous gaze
4.
indulging in no useful mental or physical activity; idle
5.
(logic, maths) (of an operator or expression) having no import; idle: in (x) (John is tall) the quantifier (x) is vacuous
Derived Forms
vacuously, adverb
vacuousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vacuus empty, from vacāre to be empty
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Word Origin and History for vacuous
adj.

1640s, "empty," from Latin vacuus "empty, void, free" (see vacuum). Figurative sense of "empty of ideas" is from 1848. Related: Vacuously; vacuousness.

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