preemptive


pre·emp·tive

adjective \-ˈem(p)-tiv\

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

Full Definition of PREEMPTIVE

1
a :  of or relating to preemption
b :  having power to preempt
2
of a bid in bridge :  higher than necessary and intended to shut out bids by the opponents
3
:  giving a stockholder first option to purchase new stock in an amount proportionate to his existing holdings
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

First Known Use of PREEMPTIVE

1855

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