- 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.
Origin of vacant
Synonyms for vacant
Examples from the Web for vacantly
Historical Examples of vacantly
The pen dropped from Darnay's fingers on the table, and he looked about him vacantly.A Tale of Two Cities
He gazed at her vacantly, and, becoming reassured by degrees, burst into a wild laugh.Barnaby Rudge
"Better than all the world," echoed Ralph vacantly, and with something like a sigh.The Shadow of a Crime
He looked at her vacantly, and caught sight of her outstretched hands.Blazed Trail Stories
Stewart Edward White
He gazed at her vacantly, and she began to regret her vehemence.The Lion's Brood
Word Origin for vacant
late 13c., from Old French vacant, from Latin vacantem (nominative vacans), present participle of vacare "to be empty" (see vain). Related: Vacantly.