preoccupation

[pree-ok-yuh-pey-shuh n, pree-ok-]

Origin of preoccupation

1530–40; < Latin praeoccupātiōn- (stem of praeoccupātiō) a taking possession beforehand. See pre-, occupation
Related formso·ver·pre·oc·cu·pa·tion, nounself-pre·oc·cu·pa·tion, noun
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preoccupation

preoccupancy (priːˈɒkjʊpənsɪ)

noun
  1. the state of being preoccupied, esp mentally
  2. something that holds the attention or preoccupies the mind
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Word Origin and History for self-preoccupation

preoccupation

n.

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).

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