Definition of preempt
1 : to acquire (something, such as land) by preemption
2 : to seize upon to the exclusion of others : take for oneself the movement was then preempted by a lunatic fringe
3 : 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
4 : to gain a commanding or preeminent place in
: to make a preemptive bid in bridge
preemptorplay \-ˈem(p)-tər\ noun
Examples of preempt in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of preempt from the Web
And Perry has suggested the administration may try to preempt state mandates that require utilities to use more renewable power on the grounds that such rules undermine the dependability of the electrical grid.
WASHINGTON — Democrats want to preempt President Trump on a major unfulfilled campaign promise: a plan to create jobs and rebuild the nation’s infrastructure.
The Sunday morning programs on WUCF TV, Orlando’s PBS station, will be preempted for the station’s membership campaign, which starts Friday.
These kinds of efforts to preempt or defeat an employee’s later challenge to the termination actually strengthen the employee’s challenge by undermining the credibility of otherwise defensible reasons for the decision.
This week, Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed legislation that will preempt cities and counties from removing Confederacy monuments from public property, according to the Hill.
But Comey may also have been motivated from a desire to both preempt Russian disinformation and prevent leaks from the FBI itself, as Lawfare’s Susan Hennessey argued on Twitter.
Memo to Microsoft: 10 Tips for the Era Ahead Preempt the antitrust crusade.
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Origin and Etymology of preempt
back-formation from preemption
First Known Use: 1850See Words from the same year
PREEMPT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of preempt for English Language Learners
: to prevent (something) from happening
: to take the place of (something)
: to be shown instead of (another television program)
Legal Definition of preempt
1a : to acquire (land) by preemption b : to seize upon to the exclusion of others : take for oneself a senior user of a trademark could not preempt use of the mark in remote geographical markets — Mesa Springs Enterprises v. Cutco Indus., 736 P.2d 1251 (1986)
2a : to replace or supersede (a law) by preemption such state laws are not preempted by the federal Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 — National Law Journal b : to preclude or bar (an action) by preemption federal airline deregulation does not preempt claims under state contract law — National Law Journal
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