Origin of preoccupation
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Self-preoccupation is as fatal to the latter as to the former.Thoughts on religion at the front
Neville Stuart Talbot
- the state of being preoccupied, esp mentally
- something that holds the attention or preoccupies the mind
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).