preoccupancy

[pree-ok-yuh-puh n-see]

noun

the act, right, or instance of prior occupancy.
the state of being absorbed in thought; preoccupation.

Nearby words

  1. prentice,
  2. prenuclear,
  3. prenup,
  4. prenuptial,
  5. prenuptial agreement,
  6. preoccupation,
  7. preoccupied,
  8. preoccupy,
  9. preop,
  10. preoperative

Origin of preoccupancy

First recorded in 1745–55; pre- + occupancy

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Word Origin and History for preoccupancy

preoccupancy

n.

also pre-occupancy, "prior occupation," 1734, from pre- + occupancy.

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