Origin of preoccupation
Examples from the Web for preoccupation
Now, Nelly is not famous for his political activism or preoccupation with African-American issues.Not Every Black Celebrity Has to Take a Stand on Ferguson
August 19, 2014
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates observed a preoccupation with exit over strategy.How Obama Lost Afghanistan
April 5, 2014
Another sign is a preoccupation with purging the party of heretics.More Sarah Palin Than Ronald Reagan: CPAC’s Paranoid Style
March 16, 2013
Political finger-pointing has been the preoccupation, but action has been lacking.Where’s the Retaliation for American Deaths in Benghazi and Algeria?
January 24, 2013
The preoccupation with martial arts, though, is very much Tarantino.‘Telegraph Avenue’: Michael Chabon on His Obsessive Novel of Fandom
September 11, 2012
He is the one thing that is hated, and the only preoccupation.The Dream
It was impossible for her to conceal her preoccupation and anxiety.Hetty's Strange History
“No doubt it is the preoccupation of genius,” remarked Mrs. Dickens.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
The office force noticed his preoccupation and commented upon it.
Despite his preoccupation, Captain Zelotes could not help smiling.
- the state of being preoccupied, esp mentally
- something that holds the attention or preoccupies the mind
Word Origin and History for preoccupation
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).