preoccupation

[ pree-ok-yuh-pey-shuh n, pree-ok- ]
/ priˌɒk yəˈpeɪ ʃən, ˌpri ɒk- /

noun

the state of being preoccupied.
an act of preoccupying.

Origin of preoccupation

1530–40; < Latin praeoccupātiōn- (stem of praeoccupātiō) a taking possession beforehand. See pre-, occupation

Related forms

o·ver·pre·oc·cu·pa·tion, nounself-pre·oc·cu·pa·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for preoccupation

preoccupation

preoccupancy (priːˈɒkjʊpənsɪ)

/ (priːˌɒkjʊˈpeɪʃən) /

noun

the state of being preoccupied, esp mentally
something that holds the attention or preoccupies the mind
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