The DICT Development Group

Search for:
Search type:

Database copyright information
Server information

2 definitions found
 for Vacant succession
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

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

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  VACANT SUCCESSION. An inheritance for which the heirs are unknown. 

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229