Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Lack of occupation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Lack of occupation.

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  • noun Want of occupation; lack of anything to do.

Etymologies

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in- +‎ occupation

Examples

  • They form a snug mystical harem, composed of seven or eight elderly beauties subjugated by the weight of inoccupation, and almost all these subjects pay tribute to their new master.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Loss of property, hopelessness as to his future prospects, the inoccupation to which poverty condemned him, combined to reduce him to a state bordering on insanity.

    The Last Man

  • The first opportunity which came to execute what she had laboriously planned was during the aimless inoccupation of after luncheon idleness.

    Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905

  • He was interrogated several times, but always adhered to his confession at Kamenitz; menaces of harsher treatment, even of torture, were tried -- means which he knew too well had been resorted to before; his guards were forbidden to exchange a word with him, so that his time was passed in solitude, silence and absolute inoccupation.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 15, No. 87, March, 1875

  • The Covenant of the League of Nations, though in a diluted form, had at last taken shape, the Peace Machine had got a move on, and the Premier's spirited, if not very dignified, retaliation on the newspaper snipers led to an abatement of unnecessary hostilities, though the pastime of shooting policemen with comparative impunity still flourished in Ireland, and the numbers and cost of our "army of inoccupation" still continued to increase.

    Mr. Punch's History of the Great War

  • Let not the commercial firm begrudge the clerk, or the employer the journeyman, or the patient the physician, or the church its pastor, a season of inoccupation.

    New Tabernacle Sermons

  • But the sort of vacancy and inoccupation of which I here treat, has a greater resemblance to the state of mind, without distinct and clearly unfolded ideas, which we experience before we sink into sleep.

    Thoughts on Man: His Nature, Productions, and Discoveries

  • Loss of property, hopelessness as to his future prospects, the inoccupation to which poverty condemned him, combined to reduce him to a state bordering on insanity.

    I.7

  • Loss of property, hopelessness as to his future prospects, the inoccupation to which poverty condemned him, combined to reduce him to a state bordering on insanity.

    The Last Man

  • Loss of property, hopelessness as to his future prospects, the inoccupation to which poverty condemned him, combined to reduce him to a state bordering on insanity.

    The Last Man

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