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Noun preoccupation has 3 senses
  1. preoccupation - an idea that preoccupies the mind and holds the attention
    --1 is a kind of
    idea, thought
    --1 has particulars:
     obsession, fixation; hang-up; hobbyhorse; self-absorption
    Derived form: verb preoccupy1
  2. preoccupation, preoccupancy, absorption, engrossment - the mental state of being preoccupied by something
    --2 is a kind of cognitive state, state of mind
    --2 has particulars: abstractedness, abstraction; absentmindedness
    Derived form: verb preoccupy1
  3. preoccupancy, preoccupation - the act of taking occupancy before someone else does
    --3 is a kind of occupation, occupancy, taking possession, moving in
    Derived form: verb preoccupy2
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