- a preemptive attack
Examples of preemptive in a Sentence
The country took preemptive action against the perceived enemy.
a preemptive attack by the army
Recent Examples of preemptive from the Web
Some preemptive cancellations were already being reported for Saturday, with nearly 50 flights already grounded at airports across the Northeast and New England.
The preemptive lawsuit by Maryland’s second-largest county comes as civil rights organizations and some members of Congress have raised concerns that cost-saving efforts will lead to less outreach in hard-to-count regions of the country.
There are many, many reasons why Bolton’s appointment is deeply troubling; somewhere near the top is his advocacy for a preemptive strike against North Korea.
Its founders — railroad magnate Henry Huntington and George S. Patton, a lawyer whose son would find glory on the battlefields of World War II — incorporated the city as a preemptive strike against annexation by neighboring communities.
That could mean a preemptive strike on North Korea, encouraging nuclear proliferation in Asia, and growing alliances with strongmen like the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte.
Democratic legislators recently introduced a law that would require not just consultation but congressional support for a preemptive nuclear attack.
In what appears to be a preemptive move, the superintendent of a school district about an hour southwest of Houston issued a warning to students thinking of protesting — a warning that quickly went viral this week.
These festive Fendi flats are the sort of shoe that warrant a preemptive purchase for the busy summer social calendar.
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First Known Use of preemptive
PREEMPTIVE Defined for English Language Learners
: done to stop an unwanted act by another group, country, etc., from happening
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