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  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.
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Origin of unoccupied

1350–1400; Middle English; see un-1, occupied
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Related Words for unoccupied

deserted, unfilled, vacant, unused, uninhabited, idle, abandoned, empty, free, tenantless, untenanted, disengaged, inactive, lazy, quiescent, unemployed, loitering, unengaged

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Contemporary Examples of unoccupied

Historical Examples of unoccupied

  • She led a blameless, unoccupied, and apparently purposeless life.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • She spied an unoccupied seat, looked at her watch, and sat down.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • There is not an unoccupied chair or corner of a table to be found.

  • All that he had to do was to find an unoccupied table and settle down to work.

  • He swept it about the room, to make sure that it was unoccupied.

    The Film of Fear

    Arnold Fredericks

British Dictionary definitions for unoccupied


  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


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

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