[pree-ok-yuh-puh n-see]


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

Origin of preoccupancy

First recorded in 1745–55; pre- + occupancy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for preoccupancy

engrossment, amusement, distraction, captivation, preoccupancy

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Word Origin and History for preoccupancy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper