Preoccupancy
Preoccupancy Pre*oc"cu*pan*cy, n. [See {Preoccupate}.] The act or right of taking possession before another; as, the preoccupancy of wild land. [1913 Webster]

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  • preoccupancy — [prē äk′yo͞o pən sē, prē äk′yəpən sē] n. pl. preoccupancies 1. prior occupancy 2. PREOCCUPATION …   English World dictionary

  • preoccupancy — noun Date: circa 1755 1. an act or the right of taking possession before another 2. the condition of being completely busied or preoccupied …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • preoccupancy — /pree ok yeuh peuhn see/, n. 1. the act, right, or instance of prior occupancy. 2. the state of being absorbed in thought; preoccupation. [1745 55; PRE + OCCUPANCY] * * * …   Universalium

  • preoccupancy — n. being lost in thought, being occupied with meditations; obsession, fixation; thought that is constantly on one s mind; previous appropriation, prior tenure or possessionpre·oc·cu·pan·cy || ‚prɪː É‘kjÉ™pÉ™nsɪ / É’kjÊŠ …   English contemporary dictionary

  • preoccupancy — pre·occupancy …   English syllables

  • preoccupancy — pre•oc•cu•pan•cy [[t]priˈɒk yə pən si[/t]] n. pl. cies 1) the act, right, or instance of prior occupancy 2) the state of being absorbed in thought …   From formal English to slang

  • preoccupancy — /priˈɒkjəpənsi/ (say pree okyuhpuhnsee) noun 1. previous occupancy. 2. the state of being preoccupied; engrossed in thought …   Australian English dictionary

  • preoccupancy — noun 1. the mental state of being preoccupied by something • Syn: ↑preoccupation, ↑absorption, ↑engrossment • Derivationally related forms: ↑engross (for: ↑engrossment), ↑absorb …   Useful english dictionary

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  • engrossment — noun 1. complete attention; intense mental effort • Syn: ↑concentration, ↑absorption, ↑immersion • Derivationally related forms: ↑immerse (for: ↑immersion), ↑absorb …   Useful english dictionary

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