• WordNet 3.6
    • n preoccupancy the act of taking occupancy before someone else does
    • n preoccupancy the mental state of being preoccupied by something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Preoccupancy The act or right of taking possession before another; as, the preoccupancy of wild land.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n preoccupancy The act of taking possession before another; preoccupation: as, the preoccupancy of unoccupied land.
    • n preoccupancy The right of taking possession before others: as, to have the preoccupancy of land by right of discovery.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Preoccupancy the act or the right of occupying beforehand
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  • Bertrand Russell
    “It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.”
  • Elie Wiesel
    “That is my major preoccupation --memory, the kingdom of memory. I want to protect and enrich that kingdom, glorify that kingdom and serve it.”
  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
    “Preoccupation with money is the great test of small natures, but only a small test of great ones.”
  • Steven Spielberg
    Steven Spielberg
    “I've discovered I've got this preoccupation with ordinary people pursued by large forces.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “Our passionate preoccupation with the sky, the stars, and a God somewhere in outer space is a homing impulse. We are drawn back to where we came from.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Preoccupate


In literature:

There was something besides preoccupation in Ford's face, and it did not make for easy questioning.
"The Uphill Climb" by B. M. Bower
The child's interest and preoccupation in the examination was painfully obvious.
"The Nervous Child" by Hector Charles Cameron
Love is the absorbing preoccupation of this society, the ultimate ground of all undertakings.
"Robert Browning" by C. H. Herford
And this supreme preoccupation cannot be purely rational, it must involve the heart.
"Tragic Sense Of Life" by Miguel de Unamuno
Nothing, however, came of it at the time, owing to Bismarck's preoccupation in European affairs.
"The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)" by John Holland Rose
The baby had furnished him with constant delight and preoccupation.
"Unleavened Bread" by Robert Grant
There is in him a preoccupation with you.
"Lewis Rand" by Mary Johnston
Purely from the point of view of the picturesque, there was some excuse for madame's preoccupation.
"The Princess Passes" by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
They set out, and the clergyman appeared to shake his mind free of a preoccupation.
"Different Girls" by Various
Work never hurt anyone, but harassing preoccupation with problems which no amount of thought will solve drives many thousands to early graves.
"Epilepsy, Hysteria, and Neurasthenia" by Isaac G. Briggs

In poetry:

I am glad to set down
The first and ultimate you,
Your inescapable soul. Although
It fade like a fading smile
Or light falling from faces
Which some grimmer preoccupation replaces.
"A Childhood" by Stephen Spender

In news:

Preoccupation with internal repression weakens Iran's national security.
They might fight what she calls a preoccupation with the "stereotypical feminine athlete" — the Anna Kournikovas of the world.
How their main preoccupation was avoiding work and going fishing, something a large number of white men I knew made a career of.
David Brooks' Strange Preoccupation With Single Parents.
Politics / News CD8: Barber's Raise, Kelly's Stimulus & Scarpinato's Preoccupation With Refunds.
Media / News Bites A few words on the Reader's preoccupation this week — high school.
Bin Laden's preoccupation with US said to be source of friction with followers.
Howard Kurtz on the Personality Preoccupation of
Grimm Tidings, Cart Exodus and PreOccupation .
When Wawro was three years old, he began to exhibit autistic behavior, such as withdrawal, obsession for sameness, and a preoccupation with the piano.
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, there has been an understandable preoccupation with how to reform the nation's intelligence system in order to prevent the recurrence of such an event.
Grimm Tidings , Cart Exodus and PreOccupation.
As the central preoccupations of an era make their way into the legal system, the Supreme Court eventually weighs in, and nine lawyers in robes become oracles of our national identity.
A bland mixture of snow storms, murder and a preoccupation with the star's physical beauty.
It's not that Israeli movies have abandoned their preoccupation with the Arab-Israeli conflict.

In science:

One can observe this preoccupation with the details of the embodiment in the work of the neuro-scientist Antonio Damasio.
Definability in the Real Universe
The preoccupations in this work are rather different from ours.
Quenched Random Graphs
Experimentally, there is the preoccupation with the conventional main-stream issues, such as the primordial signatures, hydrodynamical flow, interferometry, etc.
Critical Behavior of Hadronic Fluctuations and the Effect of Final-State Randomization
Accordingly, the tests are one-sided, hence our preoccupation with exceedences of a level.
Strong approximations of level exceedences related to multiple hypothesis testing
Moreover, as in [MNS], one of our main preoccupation is to provide a proof as simple as possible, despite the apparent complexity of the problem.
Analytic wave front set for solutions to Schroedinger equation