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preoccupation

[pree-ok-yuh-pey-shuh n, pree-ok-] /priˌɒk yəˈpeɪ ʃən, ˌpri ɒk-/
noun
1.
the state of being preoccupied.
2.
an act of preoccupying.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin praeoccupātiōn- (stem of praeoccupātiō) a taking possession beforehand. See pre-, occupation
Related forms
overpreoccupation, noun
self-preoccupation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pre occupation

preoccupation

/priːˌɒkjʊˈpeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the state of being preoccupied, esp mentally
2.
something that holds the attention or preoccupies the mind
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Word Origin and History for pre occupation

preoccupation

n.

1550s, "state of occupying beforehand," from Latin praeoccupationem (nominative praeoccupatio) "a seizing beforehand, anticipation," noun of action from past participle stem of praeoccupare, from prae- "before" (see pre-) + occupare "seize" (see occupy). Meaning "mental absorption" is from 1854. Earlier its secondary sense was "bias, prejudice" (c.1600).

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