from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being unemployed; lack of occupation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being unemployed; want of occupation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Want of occupation; the state of being unoccupied.


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  • Lily alone was stranded in a great waste of disoccupation.

    The House of Mirth

  • In the vast and melancholy sea of my disoccupation I clutched like a drowning man at any human driftwood within reach.

    The Greater Inclination

  • At the Port station Frank was pleased and soothed by the tranquil air of the policeman, who sat in his shirt-sleeves outside the door, and seemed to announce, by his attitude of final disoccupation, that crimes and misdemeanors were no more.

    Suburban Sketches

  • He found Mrs. Westley in a moment of disoccupation before he went, and used a friend's right to recognize the brilliancy of her Thursday.

    The Coast of Bohemia

  • He asked if Mrs. March were with him, and said then he supposed they would want their usual quarters; and in a moment they were domesticated in a far interior that seemed to have been waiting for them in a clean, quiet, patient disoccupation ever since they left it two years before.

    A Hazard of New Fortunes — Complete

  • The boy on the stairs, who was to fence him from importunate visitors, led a life of luxurious disoccupation, and whistled almost uninterruptedly.

    A Hazard of New Fortunes — Volume 4

  • There was that, in fact, in the awe of the time and an involuntary disoccupation of hers that threw them together even more constantly than before.

    Dr. Breen's Practice

  • Basil would have eked out the business of checking the trunks into an affair of some length, but the baggage-master did his duty with pitiless celerity; and so Basil, in the mere excess of his disoccupation, bought an accident-insurance ticket.

    Complete March Family Trilogy

  • But again the curse was on her; there was nothing to do; and the looks of that girl kept coming back to her vacancy, her disoccupation.

    The Rise of Silas Lapham

  • An effect of serene disoccupation pervaded the place, such as comes at the termination of an interesting affair; and no one seemed to care for what the clerk was reading aloud in a set, mechanical tone.

    A Modern Instance


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