preemptive

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adjective pre·emp·tive \ -ˈem(p)-tiv \

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

preemptively

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Examples of preemptive in a Sentence

  1. The country took preemptive action against the perceived enemy.

  2. a preemptive attack by the army

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First Known Use of preemptive

1855


PREEMPTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

preemptive

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Definition of preemptive for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

preemptive

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adjective pre·emp·tive \ prē-ˈemp-tiv \

legal Definition of preemptive

:of or relating to preemption


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