[ va-kyoo-i-tee, vuh- ]
/ væˈkyu ɪ ti, və- /

noun, plural va·cu·i·ties.

Nearby words

  1. vacillating,
  2. vacillation,
  3. vacillatory,
  4. vacterl syndrome,
  5. vacua,
  6. vacuolate,
  7. vacuolated,
  8. vacuolation,
  9. vacuole,
  10. vacuous

Origin of vacuity

From the Latin word vacuitās, dating back to 1535–45. See vacuous, -ity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vacuity


/ (væˈkjuːɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the state or quality of being vacuous; emptiness
an empty space or void; vacuum
a lack or absence of something specifieda vacuity of wind
lack of normal intelligence or awareness; vacancyhis stare gave an impression of complete vacuity
something, such as a statement, saying, etc, that is inane or pointless
(in customs terminology) the difference in volume between the actual contents of a container and its full capacity

Word Origin for vacuity

C16: from Latin vacuitās empty space, from vacuus empty

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Word Origin and History for vacuity



late 14c., "hollow space," from Latin vacuitas "empty space, vacancy, freedom," from vacuus "empty" (see vacuum). Originally in anatomy. Meaning "vacancy of mind or thought" is attested from 1590s.

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