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vac·u·ous

 (văk′yo͞o-əs)
adj.
1.
a. Lacking intelligence; stupid or empty-headed.
b. Devoid of substance or meaning; vapid or inane: a vacuous comment.
c. Devoid of expression; vacant: a vacuous stare. See Synonyms at empty.
2. Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle: "A sleepless night was followed by a vacuous day" (Zon Ferraris).
3. Archaic Devoid of matter; empty: vacuous space.

[From Latin vacuus, empty; see vacuum.]

vac′u·ous·ly adv.
vac′u·ous·ness n.
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Adv.1.vacuously - in a vacuous manner
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It is my contemptible weakness that if I say a character smiled vacuously, I must smile vacuously; if he frowns or leers, I frown or leer; if he is a coward or given to contortions, I cringe, or twist my legs until I have to stop writing to undo the knot.
The cook turned his watery blue eyes upon Rokoff and smiled vacuously.
As a preliminary to another journey to his bunk, he hooked Wolf Larsen's buttonhole with a greasy forefinger and vacuously proclaimed and reiterated, "I got money, I got money, I tell yer, an' I'm a gentleman's son.
It's in fact strident critique of governance that vacuously vandalizes or destroys tangible and intangible cultural assets.
24) Say we accept any theory that holds that a counterfactual is vacuously true if its antecedent is necessarily false.
Rhetoric is not enough: ''Parliament cannot use lofty objectives to shield legislation from Charter scrutiny" (113) If "symbolic and abstract" reasons were enough to violate rights, "judicial review either becomes vacuously constrained or reduces to a contest of 'our symbols are better than your symbols.
Westerners vacuously continue to insist on the superiority of their food offerings and their culture, despite ample evidence to the contrary, and Mexican policy makers are caught in a difficult social and psychic conundrum: "Los Estados Unidos son la negacion de lo que fuimos .
Similarly, individual Muslims are frequently and vacuously quoted as saying Jihadists have hijacked their faith.
My friends, always bothered, went on a limb asking who was that new guy I referred to on my last status and I just gave them my best Mona Lisa smile: mysterious, beatific and vacuously empty and I just said, some guy, remembering Charlotte's Web.
vacuously celebrat[ing] the astonishing pluralism of human cultures" (p.
i,i] = 0 if and only if vertices i and j are identical is satisfied, the 'if' part holding by definition and the 'only if' part holding vacuously.
That this boundary [the cut] can be pushed arbitrarily deeply into the interior of the body of the actual observer is the content of the principle of the psychophysical parallelism--but this does not change the fact that in each method of description the boundary must be placed somewhere, if the method is not to proceed vacuously, i.