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vacuous

Logic maths (of an operator or expression) having no import; idle: in (x) (John is tall) the quantifier (x) is vacuous
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Many balk at the idea that counterfactuals with necessarily false antecedents are vacuously true, and propose that we should fix this bug by considering what is true at the nearest possible or impossible worlds in which the antecedent is true.
Yet there was nothing either glibly 'religiose' or vacuously post-Tillichian in Jane's approach to Christian art.
No, not just the buffoonery of supposed "spokes-people" who vacuously utter, "No Comment" when the public have every right to expect one.
But this conditional, namely, "if Conan Doyle stipulates Sherlock Holmes is an F, then it is true that Sherlock Holmes is an F," is vacuously true.
Political leaders talk vacuously about being ready to 'die for the country'.
People (usually selling something) talk vacuously about "pre-ordering", "pre-booking" and "pre" everything else.
I've never understand what prompts those (like the otherwise feisty Clare Short, former Ladywood MP) to wage war on the girls who've added gaiety to national like for so long, beaming vacuously over knockers like full moons, or pouting round them, as if these body parts had lives of their own.
3) This speculation, which appeals vacuously to the future of genetic studies on Bornean populations rather than to arguments based on existing evidence, is best seen as an attempt at repair: if the nomads of Borneo are a biologically distinct population that preceded AN speakers on the island, why is there no obvious sign of this in the phenotypes of the people, as there is for the F1 Agta of the Philippines or Semang of the Malay peninsula?
He remained diffident towards those festival works exhibiting elaborate framing, stylistic preciosities, and some vacuously blatant visual signature.
Yet, such statistics hide the fact that most people do in fact work--they just do so in the vacuously named informal sector.
Lefteris seemed embarrassed and out of his depth as party faithful looked on vacuously.
For example, in New Zealand, the very small society in which I live, the marketing propagandists offer sleepwalking distortions of our political economy under the vacuously false description of '100% pure and green.