1250–1300; Middle English < Latin vacant- (stem of vacāns, present participle of vacāre to be empty); see -ant (Source:

Definitions of Vacantly



  1. having no contents; empty; void:
  2. having no occupant; unoccupied:
  3. not in use:
  4. devoid of thought or reflection:
  5. characterized by, showing, or proceeding from lack of thought or intelligence:
  6. not occupied by an incumbent, official, or the like, as a benefice or office.
  7. free from work, business, activity, etc.:
  8. characterized by or proceeding from absence of occupation:
  9. devoid or destitute (often followed by
  10. Law. having no tenant and devoid of furniture, fixtures, etc. (distinguished from unoccupied): a vacant house. idle or unutilized; open to any claimant, as land. without an incumbent; having no heir or claimant; abandoned: a vacant estate.
  11. without any contents; empty
  12. (postpositive foll by of) devoid (of something specified)
  13. having no incumbent; unoccupieda vacant post
  14. having no tenant or occupanta vacant house
  15. characterized by or resulting from lack of thought or intelligent awarenessa vacant stare
  16. (of time, etc) not allocated to any activitya vacant hour in one's day
  17. spent in idleness or inactivitya vacant life
  18. law (of an estate, etc) having no heir or claimant



  1. : not occupied by an incumbent, possessor, or officer a vacant office vacant thrones
  2. : being without content or occupant a vacant seat on a bus a vacant room
  3. : free from activity or work : disengaged vacant hours
  4. : devoid of thought, reflection, or expression a vacant smile
  5. : not lived in vacant houses
  6. : not put to use vacant land
  7. : having no heir or claimant : abandoned a vacant estate

Example sentences for Vacantly

  1. But Elizabeth was still staring before her vacantly, absorbed in her own thoughts.
  2. The widow sank down on a great chair near it, and sat a while vacantly looking at the fragments of the broken cup.
  3. Goldberger passed the photographs to the foreman of the jury, who looked at them vacantly.
  4. "I didna get that story finished," said Mrs. Gourlay vacantly, staring at the fire open-mouthed, her mutch-strings dangling.
  5. "I don't know," replied Richard, vacantly, as though the whole matter was as much a mystery to him as to the others.

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