preemptory

adjective
pre·​emp·​to·​ry | \ -m(p)t(ə)rē, -ri \

Definition of preemptory

: of or relating to preemption

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History and Etymology for preemptory

Medieval Latin praeemptus + English -ory

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“Preemptory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preemptory. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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