Preoccupancy meaning

prē-ŏk'yə-pən-sē
The act or right of occupying a place beforehand or in advance.
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The state of being preoccupied or engrossed; preoccupation.
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Prior occupancy.
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The act or right of taking possession before another.

The preoccupancy of wild land.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Origin of preoccupancy