• WordNet 3.6
    • n preoccupation the act of taking occupancy before someone else does
    • n preoccupation the mental state of being preoccupied by something
    • n preoccupation an idea that preoccupies the mind and holds the attention
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Preoccupation Anticipation of objections.
    • Preoccupation The act of preoccupying, or taking possession of beforehand; the state of being preoccupied; prepossession.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n preoccupation The act of preoccupying, or seizing beforehand; possession gained in advance.
    • n preoccupation The act of anticipating; anticipation.
    • n preoccupation The state of being preoccupied; prior engrossment or absorption.
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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
L. praeoccupatio,: cf. F. préoccupation,


In literature:

Some sort of compromise of the nature of that of 1850 was the prevailing preoccupation in politics.
"Abraham Lincoln, A History, Volume 2" by John George Nicolay and John Hay
Ritual was to him a beautiful adjunct; not a symbolical preoccupation.
"The Silent Isle" by Arthur Christopher Benson
In my idiotic preoccupation with the other man I had let that wretch depart without a glance at his hair.
"The Uttermost Farthing" by R. Austin Freeman
But this drawback is only incidental; through nine-tenths of the piece, perhaps, there is little or no moral preoccupation to disturb us.
"Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama" by Walter W. Greg
Then his preoccupation suddenly disappeared.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
Across the open square the vagrant was seen walking slowly along with his habitual air of quiet, unobtrusive preoccupation.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 1"
His melancholy air, and the preoccupation of his manner, confirmed my worst fears.
"Miriam Monfort" by Catherine A. Warfield
Her principal preoccupation was her suspicion of the man-servant, based on seeing him listening at the door.
"The Moon Rock" by Arthur J. Rees
She was his dream, his preoccupation, his ennui, his rage.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Here, incidentally, we get a foretaste of that preoccupation with death which heightens the tensity in so much of Synge's work.
"Old and New Masters" by Robert Lynd

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:

One writer described all this keeping as "our neurotic preoccupation with antiques and graveyards and the doings of the long deceased".
Preoccupation with internal repression weakens Iran's national security.
Although it wears a fashionable leftist mask, this is a neo-puritan preoccupation.
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 .
Of course, Goddard's preoccupations are of little matter to people in Denver or Omaha.
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.
For example, in my current position as a behavioral pediatrician at Newton-Wellesley Hospital I teach the pediatric residents and medical students about colic by starting with Winnnicott's notion of "primary maternal preoccupation".

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