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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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