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occupant

[ok-yuh-puh nt] /ˈɒk yə pənt/
noun
1.
a person, family, group, or organization that lives in, occupies, or has quarters or space in or on something:
the occupant of a taxicab; the occupants of the building.
2.
a tenant of a house, estate, office, etc.; resident.
3.
Law.
  1. an owner through occupancy.
  2. one who is in actual possession.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Middle French occupant, present participle of occuper. See occupy, -ant
Related forms
nonoccupant, noun
preoccupant, noun
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occupant

/ˈɒkjʊpənt/
noun
1.
a person, thing, etc, holding a position or place
2.
(law) a person who has possession of something, esp an estate, house, etc; tenant
3.
(law) a person who acquires by occupancy the title to something previously without an owner
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Word Origin and History for pre-occupant
occupant
1596, from L. occupantem (nom. occupans), prp. of occupare "to take possession of" (see occupy).
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