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[pree-emp-shuh n] /priˈɛmp ʃən/
the act or right of claiming or purchasing before or in preference to others.
Also, pre-emption.
Origin of preemption
1595-1605; < Medieval Latin praeëmpt(us) bought beforehand (past participle of praeëmere) + -ion. See pre-, emptor Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The traders will be allowed to dispose of their effects, the allied army having the right of preemption.
  • But preemption can also work to reverse the loyalty tax.
  • Let me say a word about what you call the new strategy of preemption.
  • The primary goal is probably federal preemption of potentially stricter state standards.
  • For example, tactical nuclear weapons should not be deployed in a way that invites preemption or accidental launch.
  • His successor, surrounded by those who talk easily of transformation and preemption, was not reluctant to gamble on one big thing.

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