- 1Take action in order to prevent (an anticipated event) from happening; forestall: the government preempted a coup attemptMore example sentences
- Often the coup is undertaken to pre-empt revolutionary change from below and impose a measure of reform from above.
- But on this occasion police pre-empted the event and warned drivers to keep away.
- First, it is clear the authorities did little or nothing to pre-empt the events of last year.
- 1.1Act in advance of (someone) in order to prevent them from doing something: it looked as if she’d ask him more, but Parr preempted herMore example sentences
- He was pre-empted by a question from the audience seeking an explanation as to why the former democratically-elected team had been sacked.
- But as we were leaving I spotted that our Sales guy had something to add so I quickly pre-empted him.
- We would like to resolve this amicably but we were pre-empted.
- 1.2(Of a broadcast) interrupt or replace (a scheduled program): the violence preempted regular programmingMore example sentences
- If special programming pre-empted the news shows' broadcast in New York City, transcripts were analyzed when available.
- That live broadcast pre-empted Seven's Sunday Sunrise, giving Michael Pascoe a day off.
- When they arrived at the studio, Johnny and Sarah were put in a dressing room, where Miss Roc explained that the scheduled show was being pre-empted for them.
- 2Acquire or appropriate (something) in advance: many tables were already preempted by family partiesMore example sentences
- Community groups are right to complain about the Ontario Municipal Board and the way it pre-empts the land-use decisions of municipal councils while destroying the relative permanence of Official Plans.
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mid 19th century: back-formation from preemption.