The land was theirs by right of preoccupancy and by gift. From Wordnik.com. [The Christian Foundation, Or, Scientific and Religious Journal, March, 1880] Reference
A preoccupancy with religious characteristics assists those who are interested in the problem of sublimation. From Wordnik.com. [Adventures in the Arts Informal Chapters on Painters, Vaudeville, and Poets] Reference
His youth was apparently much like mine, not a youth of athleticism so much as a preoccupancy with wonder and the imminence of beauty surrounding all things. From Wordnik.com. [Adventures in the Arts Informal Chapters on Painters, Vaudeville, and Poets] Reference
Apprehension is the cursor expressing preoccupancy. From Wordnik.com. [Bloggers.Pakistan] Reference
The preoccupancy of the country by such indigenous tribes may have checked the development of the placental Rodents and. From Wordnik.com. [The Antiquity of Man] Reference
Q: I recently signed a "preoccupancy agreement" that let the people buying my home move in 180 days ahead of the closing. From Wordnik.com. [Business - BostonHerald.com] Reference
When Mr. Manning called, and assisted her into the carriage, he observed an unusual preoccupancy of mind; but after a few desultory remarks she rallied, gave him her undivided attention, and seemed engrossed by his conversation. From Wordnik.com. [St. Elmo] Reference
Accordingly, when he sees her placed beyond his hope, he has no more trouble about her; but turns, and builds a true affection where, during the preoccupancy of his imagination, so many sweet and tender appeals have been made to his heart. From Wordnik.com. [Shakespeare: His Life, Art, And Characters, Volume I. With An Historical Sketch Of The Origin And Growth Of The Drama In England] Reference
On the other hand, the composition and publication of the poem must be set down, if not to malice and revenge, at least to the preoccupancy of chagrin and remorse, which compelled him to take the world into his confidence, cost what it might to his own self-respect, or the peace of mind and happiness of others. From Wordnik.com. [The Works of Lord Byron. Vol. 4] Reference
When I first wrote, thirty-five years ago, I attached great importance to preoccupancy, and fancied that a body of indigenous plants already fitted for every available station would prevent an invader, especially from, a quite foreign province, from having a chance of making good his settlement in a new country. From Wordnik.com. [Alfred Russel Wallace Letters and Reminiscences]
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