Definition of preoccupation in English:

preoccupation

Line breaks: pre|occu¦pa¦tion
Pronunciation: /prɪˌɒkjʊˈpeɪʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

[mass noun]

Origin

late 16th century (first used in rhetoric in the sense 'anticipating and meeting objections beforehand'): from Latin praeoccupatio(n-), from praeoccupare 'seize beforehand' (see preoccupy).

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