: to acquire (something, such as land) by preemption
: 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
: to replace or supersede (a law) or bar (an action) by the doctrine of preemption
- In so doing, the Court held that Congress did not intend to preempt common law contract claims.
- —Charas v. Trans World Airlines, Inc.