Americans, preoccupied with their own problems, may feel helpless in the face of such suffering and reflexively turn away.
He was too preoccupied with kingly matters to turn the cakes.
Others may have been too preoccupied with 538 and unskewedpolls.com to focus on the hazards ahead.
Obama is preoccupied with his domestic crisis and is not fixated on which party—both of which are US-friendly—wins the next vote.
Now, few filmmakers are as preoccupied with time as Richard Linklater.
Less calm than he could have wished, Demetrios could not succeed in fixing his preoccupied thoughts.
Marche, too, remained silent, preoccupied with his own reflections.
He paused, preoccupied; he was thinking less of his hearers than of himself.
They had been so preoccupied as not to notice the arrival of a horseman.
The Neapolitan was one of those most preoccupied with esthetics.
"absorbed in thought," 1823, past participle adjective from preoccupy (v.). Earlier it meant "occupied in advance."