pre·empt verb \prē-ˈem(p)t\
: to prevent (something) from happening
: to take the place of (something)
: to be shown instead of (another television program)
: to seize upon to the exclusion of others : take for oneself <the movement was then preempted by a lunatic fringe>
: to replace with something considered to be of greater value or priority : take precedence over <the program did not appear, having been preempted by a baseball game — Robert MacNeil>
Examples of PREEMPT
- The contract preempts lawsuits by the company's clients.
- The state law was preempted by a federal law.
- The President's speech preempted regular programming.
Origin of PREEMPT
back-formation from preemption
First Known Use: 1850
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