from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Absorbed in thought; engrossed.
- adj. Excessively concerned with something; distracted.
- adj. Formerly or already occupied.
- adj. Already used and therefore unavailable for further use. Used of taxonomic names.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Concerned with something else; distracted; giving one's attention elsewhere.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of preoccupy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Occupied previously; engrossed; hence, lost in thought; meditative; abstracted.
- In zoology and botany, already used as a name for a genus, species, etc., and therefore, by the laws of priority, rejected for any other genus, species, etc., to which it has been applied.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. deeply absorbed in thought
- adj. having or showing excessive or compulsive concern with something
Sorry, no etymologies found.
I think your last point on being preoccupied is so right as far as a creativity killer.
His eyes were restless, his expression preoccupied, his manner haughty.
67More than fifty years after the first African nations achieved independence we should ask why historians 'eyes remain preoccupied with "progress," which has largely emphasized the history of societies through the analytical lenses of politics and economics.
Her expression preoccupied as she pushed open the door and encountered the welcome warmth of the hotel foyer, Sophie didn’t immediately see Dominic, sitting in acosy alcove nearby drinking coffee and reading a newspaper.
Everyone else seems preoccupied, which is FINE with me.
His expression remained preoccupied, almost grimly so, Luz noticed.
However, I'm finding it difficult to sift through the criticism that West is "preoccupied" with "pansexualism".
In past years, he's seen attendees so "preoccupied" with the partylike atmosphere that they skip out on some of the professional aspects of the show, such as the displays of global advertising.
So that Pentecost renew itself in our time, perhaps there is need -- without taking anything away from God's freedom to do as he pleases -- for the Church to be less "preoccupied" with activities and more dedicated to prayer.
Thousands of people were kind of preoccupied at the time by Albvry Smith on Thursday, Sep 25, 2008 at 11: 24: 33 AM