the act or right of claiming or purchasing before or in preference to others.
Also, pre-emption.

1595–1605; < Medieval Latin praeëmpt(us) bought beforehand (past participle of praeëmere) + -ion. See pre-, emptor Unabridged
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pre-emption (prɪˈɛmpʃən)
1.  law the purchase of or right to purchase property in advance of or in preference to others
2.  international law the right of a government to intercept and seize for its own purposes goods or property of the subjects of another state while in transit, esp in time of war
[C16: from Medieval Latin praeemptiō, from praeemere to buy beforehand, from emere to buy]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, also preemption, lit. "the right of purchasing before others," from pre- "before" + L. emptionem (nom. emptio) "buying," from emere "to buy" (see exempt). Pre-empt (v.) is an 1855 back formation, originally Amer.Eng. In the broascasting sense, it is attested from
1965, Amer.Eng., a euphemism for "cancel."
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