preoccupancy

noun pre·oc·cu·pan·cy \ (ˌ)prē-ˈä-kyə-pən(t)-sē \

Definition of preoccupancy

1 : an act or the right of taking possession before another
2 : the condition of being completely busied or preoccupied

First Known Use of preoccupancy

circa 1755

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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