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1. The act or right of occupying a place beforehand or in advance.
2. The state of being preoccupied or engrossed; preoccupation.


(priˈɒk yə pən si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. the act, right, or instance of prior occupancy.
2. the state of being absorbed in thought.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.preoccupancy - the mental state of being preoccupied by somethingpreoccupancy - the mental state of being preoccupied by something
cognitive state, state of mind - the state of a person's cognitive processes
abstractedness, abstraction - preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else
absentmindedness - preoccupation so great that the ordinary demands on attention are ignored
2.preoccupancy - the act of taking occupancy before someone else does
moving in, occupancy, occupation - the act of occupying or taking possession of a building; "occupation of a building without a certificate of occupancy is illegal"
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Requirements for air sealing of filtration and air-cleaning equipment are clarified, and new requirements for preoccupancy ventilation and building envelope moisture management are added.
elimination of materials that off-gas formaldehyde, wrapping of all ductwork, and preoccupancy flush of the building to eliminate construction dust).
For example, our mobile phone rings whenever the sender wants to talk to us, irrespective of our preoccupancy.
Comparison of strategies to improve indoor air quality at the preoccupancy stage in new apartment buildings, Building and Environment 43: 320-328.
At the conclusion of construction, the construction manager should implement an indoor air quality management plan for the preoccupancy phase.