this refers to the state of being distracted or preoccupied.
Always being right was his main preoccupation, it meant that he couldn’t accept opposing opinions and his main concern was to prove his point rather than listen to another person’s point of view.
A preoccupation of many parents is for their children to be successful but sometimes this preoccupation can have a negative impact on the child if their parents are only considered about their personal idea of success.
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›› Nouns: occupancy, occupant, occupier, preoccupation, reoccupation
›› Verbs: Occupy, Preoccupy
›› Adjectives: Occupational, Occupiable
›› Related phrasal verb: Occupy with, to keep someone occupied
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