of a bid in bridge : higher than necessary and intended to shut out bids by the opponents
: giving a stockholder first option to purchase new stock in an amount proportionate to his existing holdings
: marked by the seizing of the initiative : initiated by oneself <a preemptive attack>
— pre·emp·tive·ly adverb
Examples of PREEMPTIVE
- The country took preemptive action against the perceived enemy.
- a preemptive attack by the army
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