Preoccupation

  • 1 préoccupation — [ preɔkypasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1486; lat. præoccupatio→ préoccuper 1 ♦ Souci, inquiétude qui occupe l esprit. ⇒ 1. souci. Leur préoccupation majeure. Des préoccupations d avenir. Avoir de graves préoccupations. « La comtesse de Champcenais avait des… …

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  • 2 preoccupation — Preoccupation. s. f. v. Prevention d esprit. Juger sans preoccupation. quand il y a de la preoccupation, on ne juge pas bien des choses. libre de toute preoccupation …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 3 Preoccupation — Pre*oc cu*pa tion, n. [L. praeoccupatio: cf. F. pr[ e]occupation.] 1. The act of preoccupying, or taking possession of beforehand; the state of being preoccupied; prepossession. [1913 Webster] 2. Anticipation of objections. [R.] South. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 preoccupation — I noun absorbed interest, absorption, abstraction, attentiveness, concentration, daydreaming, deep study, depth of thought, devotion, distraction, dreaminess, engrossment, enthrallment, fascination, fixation, fixed idea, idee fixe, immersion,… …

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  • 5 préoccupation — PRÉOCCUPATION: Est d autant plus vive qu étant profondément absorbé, on reste immobile …

    Dictionnaire des idées reçues

  • 6 preoccupation — (n.) 1550s, state of occupying beforehand, from L. praeoccupationem (nom. praeoccupatio) a seizing beforehand, anticipation, noun of action from pp. stem of praeoccupare, from prae before (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + occupare seize (see OCCUPY (Cf.… …

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  • 7 preoccupation — Preoccupation, Occupatio, Anticipatio …

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  • 8 preoccupation — ► NOUN 1) the state of being preoccupied. 2) a matter that preoccupies someone …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 preoccupation — [prē äk΄yo͞o pā′shən, prē äk΄yəpā′shən] n. [L praeoccupatio] 1. a preoccupying or being preoccupied, esp. mentally 2. something, as an idea, which preoccupies one …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 préoccupation — (pré o ku pa sion ; en vers, de six syllabes) s. f. 1°   Terme de droit. Action d occuper antérieurement à un autre. •   La préoccupation engendre la propriété, CAPPEAU Comp. des Alpines, p. 140. 2°   État d une personne dont l esprit est tout… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 11 PRÉOCCUPATION — s. f. Disposition d un esprit tellement occupé d un seul objet, qu il ne peut faire attention à aucun autre. Il est dans une telle préoccupation d esprit, que vous lui parleriez en vain d une autre affaire que de la sienne. S il vous a répondu de …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 12 preoccupation — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ current, present, recent ▪ central, chief, main, major ▪ Their chief preoccupation was how to feed their families …

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  • 13 preoccupation */ — UK [priːˌɒkjʊˈpeɪʃ(ə)n] / US [prɪˌɑkjəˈpeɪʃ(ə)n] noun Word forms preoccupation : singular preoccupation plural preoccupations a) [singular/uncountable] a state in which you think about something so much that you do not think about other things… …

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  • 14 preoccupation — pre|oc|cu|pa|tion [pri:ˌɔkjuˈpeıʃən US ˌa:k ] n 1.) [singular,U] when someone thinks or worries about something a lot, with the result that they do not pay attention to other things preoccupation with ▪ the current preoccupation with sex and… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 preoccupation — [[t]priɒ̱kjʊpe͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] preoccupations 1) N COUNT: oft N with n If you have a preoccupation with something or someone, you keep thinking about them because they are important to you. Karouzos s poetry shows a profound preoccupation with the… …

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  • 16 preoccupation — pre|oc|cu|pa|tion [ pri,akjə peıʃn ] noun * singular or uncount a state in which you think about something so much that you do not think about other things: She noticed his look of preoccupation. preoccupation with: a preoccupation with… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 preoccupation — n. a preoccupation with * * * [prɪˌɒkjʊ peɪʃ(ə)n] a preoccupation with …

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  • 18 preoccupation — noun 1) an air of preoccupation Syn: pensiveness, concentration, engrossment, absorption, self absorption, musing, thinking, deep thought, brown study, brooding; abstraction, absentmindedness, distraction, forgetfulness, inattentiveness,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 PRÉOCCUPATION — n. f. Disposition d’un esprit tellement occupé d’un objet qu’il ne peut prêter à un autre qu’une moindre attention. S’il vous a répondu de travers, ce n’est pas de sa part simple distraction, c’est préoccupation. Il signifie encore Souci. Au… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • 20 preoccupation — noun 1 (singular, uncountable) a strong interest in something, usually because you are worried about it, with the result that you do not pay attention to other things (+ with): the Bundesbank s preoccupation with keeping down inflation 2 (C)… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English