preoccupied

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Adjective[edit]

preoccupied (comparative more preoccupied, superlative most preoccupied)

  1. Concerned with something else; distracted; giving one's attention elsewhere.
    I was preoccupied with a deadline at work, and I forgot his birthday.
  2. (taxonomy, not comparable) Describing a scientific name that was previously used, a junior homonym.
    • 1931, John Allen Rowe, “A revision of the males of the nearctic species in the genus Fabriciella (Tachinidae)”, in Annals of the Entomological Society of America, volume 24:
      In 1924 J. D. Tothill revised the nearctic species in the genus Fabriciella, a name proposed by Bezzi in 1906 to replace Fabricia Rob. D. which is preoccupied.

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Verb[edit]

preoccupied

  1. simple past tense and past participle of preoccupy