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Preoccupation Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    preoccupation n
  1. an idea that preoccupies the mind and holds the attention
  2. the mental state of being preoccupied by something [syn: preoccupancy, absorption, engrossment]
  3. the act of taking occupancy before someone else does [syn: preoccupancy]
Preoccupation Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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.
  2. Anticipation of objections. [R.] --South.
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    * Our worst fault is our preoccupation with the faults of others. - Kahlil Gibran

    * A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past. - Eric Hoffer

    * Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunites for action in all spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults. - Eric Hoffer

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