preoccupancy

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or right of occupying a place beforehand or in advance.
  • noun The state of being preoccupied or engrossed; preoccupation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of taking possession before another; preoccupation: as, the preoccupancy of unoccupied land.
  • noun The right of taking possession before others: as, to have the preoccupancy of land by right of discovery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or right of taking possession before another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act or right of taking possession before another.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of taking occupancy before someone else does
  • noun the mental state of being preoccupied by something

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

pre- +‎ occupancy. See preoccupate.

Examples

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