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1. The act or right of occupying a place beforehand or in advance.
2. The state of being preoccupied or engrossed; preoccupation.
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(priˈɒk yə pən si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. the act, right, or instance of prior occupancy.
2. the state of being absorbed in thought.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.preoccupancy - the mental state of being preoccupied by somethingpreoccupancy - the mental state of being preoccupied by something
cognitive state, state of mind - the state of a person's cognitive processes
abstractedness, abstraction - preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else
absentmindedness - preoccupation so great that the ordinary demands on attention are ignored
2.preoccupancy - the act of taking occupancy before someone else does
moving in, occupancy, occupation - the act of occupying or taking possession of a building; "occupation of a building without a certificate of occupancy is illegal"
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