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pre-emptive (prɪˈɛmptɪv)
1.  of, involving, or capable of pre-emption
2.  bridge (of a high bid) made to shut out opposition bidding
3.  military designed to reduce or destroy an enemy's attacking strength before it can use it: a pre-emptive strike

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