Preoccupation

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Preoccupation Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • the act of taking occupancy before someone else does
  • the mental state of being preoccupied by something
  • an idea that preoccupies the mind and holds the attention

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • an idea that preoccupies the mind and holds the attention ,
  • the mental state of being preoccupied by something ,
  • the act of taking occupancy before someone else does

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'Preoccupation' example sentence in quotations


* 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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Preoccupation Sample Sentences in News


  • Eye and dry
    Our preoccupation with computers, cellphones, TV may be causing us to not see straight. Read more on this news related to 'Preoccupation'
  • Fed Expected to Clarify Course
    The Fed remains the market's sole preoccupation today as investors look for clues to the future course of monetary policy in the central bank's official statement this afternoon. Read more on this news related to 'Preoccupation'
  • Secret Canadian Security Panel Said to Vet Investment
    Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The existence of the shadow panel shows the Harper government’s growing preoccupation with national-security concerns, adding complexity to a foreign-investment review process that investors have complained is already too opaque. Read more on this news related to 'Preoccupation'

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