Definition of preemptive in English:


Syllabification: pre·emp·tive
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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