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Definition of "preoccupancy" []

  • The act or right of occupying a place beforehand or in advance. (noun)
  • The state of being preoccupied or engrossed; preoccupation. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "preoccupancy" in a sentence
  • "Did you get so caught up in the preoccupancy of a relationship that you lost who you were or were busy in life or career that you, like Adam and Eve, got lost in the garden putting fig leaf after fig leaf title, relationship, this accolade, this saying over you that you forgot who you were and what's life's about?"
  • "A preoccupancy with religious characteristics assists those who are interested in the problem of sublimation."
  • "His youth was apparently much like mine, not a youth of athleticism so much as a preoccupancy with wonder and the imminence of beauty surrounding all things."
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