Definition of preemptive in English:

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Pronunciation: /prēˈemptiv/


1Serving or intended to preempt or forestall something, especially to prevent attack by disabling the enemy: preemptive action a preemptive strike
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  • They essentially amounted to a crude pre-emptive strike designed to forestall any leadership challenge and the natural targets were those with whom he has crossed swords in the past.
  • His speech was a pre-emptive strike designed to prevent opponents from exploiting the war issue.
  • ‘We see it as a non-violent, pre-emptive strike to protect the constitution,’ he said when we spoke last week.
1.1Relating to the purchase of goods or shares by one person or party before the opportunity is offered to others: preemptive rights
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  • If the senior executive wishes to leave the organisation in the future, it is usual for the remaining shareholders to have a pre-emptive right to reacquire the shares of the outgoing executive.
  • Nonetheless, revenues from pre-emptive purchases of Maori land were the mainstay of the Crown government's budget.
  • The Council has a pre-emptive right to purchase the building back at its sale price and value of improvements, should the Legislature wish to sell.
1.2 Bridge Denoting a bid, typically an opening bid, intended to be so high that it prevents or interferes with effective bidding by the opponents.



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  • Bet the dude is working on a list of countries to pre-emptively attack.
  • Well, for example: the Methodist bishops have given a kind of statement against going to war pre-emptively.
  • Thus, he urges, he may not be preemptively confined.

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Syllabification: pre·emp·tive

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