preoccupant

adjective
pre·​occupant

Definition of preoccupant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: occupying in advance

preoccupant

noun
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Definition of preoccupant (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that occupies something (as a piece of land) ahead of others : a prior occupant

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History and Etymology for preoccupant

Adjective

Latin praeoccupant-, praeoccupans, present participle of praeoccupare to occupy in advance

Noun

pre- + occupant

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“Preoccupant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preoccupant. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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