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preoccupation

[prē·ok′yəpā′shən]
a state of being self-absorbed or engrossed in one's own thoughts to a degree that hinders effective contact with or relationship to external reality.
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Dans le present article, apres avoir rapporte succinctement la problematique et le cadre theorique de cette recherche et en avoir presente les objectifs et la methodologie, les principales preoccupations ethiques d'enseignantes et d'enseignants du collegial quebecois, telles qu'elles se degagent des groupes de discussion, seront mises en relief et discutees.
Entre la premiere session suivant l'election de 2005 et l'ajournement de la derniere session, les femmes ont fait plus de declarations relatives aux preoccupations feminines que les hommes, tant pour le nombre de declarations que pour le pourcentage de l'ensemble de leurs declarations qui portait sur ce sujet.
By attending to child murder as a motif across a span of time, one gains a general perspective on British cultural preoccupations of the 18th and 19th centuries.
But then, Young wishes also to disqualify any attempt to read the texts in terms of the specific political preoccupations of the period in which they are written.
Life is a stage; we play our part and receive our reward," wrote Vondel, the great poet of the Netherlands, expressing the moral preoccupation of 17th-century Dutch culture (1).
As with Carver, we took time at the end of our discussion of Dubus to identify his thematic preoccupations.
While such competitive tendencies and sexual preoccupations may hold a great deal of significance for us when we are in our reproductive years, they may ultimately be a burden as we get older.
Being contemplative requires being wide awake and fresh in our perceptions of people and things; it is not being distracted and filled with preoccupations and prejudices.
For better or worse, the Oval Office to the local ward, one of Hollywood's preoccupations has been films of a political nature, and the timing couldn't be better than to honor them now,'' said Phyllis Caskey, president of Hollywood Entertainment Museum.
Quiet Stories, her second piece for OBT, is a lovely, contemplative work that capitalizes on the life experience of the dancers as well as on Moseley's own preoccupations of the moment.
The Pope made no secret of the fact that the promotion of Catholic social doctrine is "one of my liveliest preoccupations.
He simply writes about his personal preoccupations and confesses freely he can do no other.