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Previously occupying; preoccupying, mentally absorbing.
A person who occupies (a place or region) before others; a previous or earlier occupant. Now rare.
Mid 17th century. As adjective from pre- + classical Latin occupant-, occupāns, present participle of occupāre occupy, after preoccupy; compare slightly earlier preoccupying. As noun from pre- + occupant, after preoccupy.
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