Definition of preempt
- the movement was then preempted by a lunatic fringe
- the program did not appear, having been preempted by a baseball game
- —Robert MacNeil
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.
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First Known Use: 1850See Words from the same year
: to prevent (something) from happening
: to take the place of (something)
: to be shown instead of (another television program)
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