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preemptive

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adjective pre·emp·tive \-ˈem(p)-tiv\

Simple Definition of preemptive

  • : done to stop an unwanted act by another group, country, etc., from happening

Full Definition of preemptive

  1. 1 a :  of or relating to preemption b :  having power to preempt

  2. 2 of a bid in bridge :  higher than necessary and intended to shut out bids by the opponents

  3. 3 :  giving a stockholder first option to purchase new stock in an amount proportionate to his existing holdings

  4. 4 :  marked by the seizing of the initiative :  initiated by oneself <a preemptive attack>

pre·emp·tive·ly adverb

Examples of preemptive

  1. The country took preemptive action against the perceived enemy.

  2. a preemptive attack by the army



1855

First Known Use of preemptive

1855



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