Vacant succession

Vacant succession
Vacant Va"cant, a. [F., fr. L. vacans, -antis, p. pr. of vacare to be empty, to be free or unoccupied, to have leisure, also vocare; akin to vacuus empty, and probably to E. void. Cf. {Evacuate}, {Void}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. Deprived of contents; not filled; empty; as, a vacant room. [1913 Webster]

Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Being of those virtues vacant. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

There is no fireside, howsoe'er defended, But has one vacant chair. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

2. Unengaged with business or care; unemployed; unoccupied; disengaged; free; as, vacant hours. [1913 Webster]

Religion is the interest of all; but philosophy of those . . . at leisure, and vacant from the affairs of the world. --Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster]

There was not a minute of the day which he left vacant. --Bp. Fell. [1913 Webster]

3. Not filled or occupied by an incumbent, possessor, or officer; unoccupied; as, a vacant throne; a vacant house; a vacant apartment; a vacant parish. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Special dignities which vacant lie For thy best use and wearing. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Empty of thought; thoughtless; not occupied with study or reflection; as, a vacant mind. [1913 Webster]

The duke had a pleasant and vacant face. --Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster]

When on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

5. (Law) Abandoned; having no heir, possessor, claimant, or occupier; as, a vacant estate. --Bouvier. [1913 Webster]

{Vacant succession} (Law), one that is claimed by no person, or where all the heirs are unknown, or where all the known heirs to it have renounced it. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Empty; void; devoid; free; unemployed; disengaged; unincumbered; uncrowded; idle.

Usage: {Vacant}, {Empty}. A thing is empty when there is nothing in it; as, an empty room, or an empty noddle. Vacant adds the idea of having been previously filled, or intended to be filled or occupied; as, a vacant seat at table; a vacant office; vacant hours. When we speak of a vacant look or a vacant mind, we imply the absence of the intelligence naturally to be expected there. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Vacant — Va cant, a. [F., fr. L. vacans, antis, p. pr. of vacare to be empty, to be free or unoccupied, to have leisure, also vocare; akin to vacuus empty, and probably to E. void. Cf. {Evacuate}, {Void}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. Deprived of contents; not… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • succession — suc·ces·sion /sək se shən/ n 1 a: the order in which or the conditions under which one person after another succeeds to a property, dignity, position, title, or throne the sequence of succession to the presidency b: the right of a person or line… …   Law dictionary

  • vacant — Vacant, [vac]ante. adj. verb. Vuide, qui est à remplir. Il se dit proprement des emplois, charges, dignitez, &c. Le saint Siege estoit vacant. cette charge est vacante. il y a plusieurs Abbayes vacantes. Benefice vacant par mort, par crime. cela… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • succession — The devolution of title to property under the law of descent and distribution. The act or right of legal or official investment with a predecessor s office, dignity, possession, or functions; also the legal or actual order of so succeeding from… …   Black's law dictionary

  • vacant — Empty; unoccupied; as, a vacant office or parcel of land. Deprived of contents, without inanimate objects. It implies entire abandonment, nonoccupancy for any purpose. Foley v. Sonoma County Farmers Mut. Fire Ins. Co. of Sonoma, Cal.App., 108… …   Black's law dictionary

  • vacant — vacant, ante [ vakɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1207; lat. vacans, p. prés. de vacare « être vide » 1 ♦ Qui n a pas de titulaire. « Ces trônes déclarés vacants » (Chateaubriand). Poste vacant. « J ai sollicité la place de préparateur actuellement vacante »… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • vacant — vacant, ante (va kan, kan t ) adj. 1°   Qui n est pas occupé, qui est à remplir. Maison vacante. •   N est un siége vacant au premier qui l occupe, RÉGNIER Sat. x. •   Idoménée, persuadé par Mentor, se hâta de distribuer les terres vacantes, FÉN …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • vacant — [vā′kənt] adj. [OFr < L vacans, prp. of vacare, to be empty] 1. having nothing in it, as a space; devoid of contents; empty; void 2. not held, filled, or occupied, as a position or office 3. having no occupant [a vacant seat] 4. untenanted, as …   English World dictionary

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