One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In a preoccupied manner.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in George A. Sala (1828–1895), journalist. From either preoccupat- or classical Latin praeoccupāt-, past participial stem of praeoccupāre + -ive + -ly.
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