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preempt

[pree-empt] /priˈɛmpt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to occupy (land) in order to establish a prior right to buy.
2.
to acquire or appropriate before someone else; take for oneself; arrogate:
a political issue preempted by the opposition party.
3.
to take the place of because of priorities, reconsideration, rescheduling, etc.; supplant:
The special newscast preempted the usual television program.
verb (used without object)
4.
Bridge. to make a preemptive bid.
5.
to forestall or prevent (something anticipated) by acting first; preclude; head off:
an effort to preempt inflation.
noun
6.
Bridge. a preemptive bid.
Also, pre-empt.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; back formation from preemption
Related forms
preemptible, adjective
preemptor
[pree-emp-tawr, -ter] /priˈɛmp tɔr, -tər/ (Show IPA),
noun
preemptory
[pree-emp-tuh-ree] /priˈɛmp tə ri/ (Show IPA),
adjective
unpreempted, adjective
Synonyms
1. claim, appropriate, usurp.
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Examples for preempt
  • preempt may also prove beneficial in reducing or eliminating other disease-causing bacteria.
  • Clearly this reaction could have been foreseen, and it certainly appears as if nothing has been done to preempt and mitigate it.
  • Human exigencies would preempt methodological imperatives and vaulting aspirations.
  • Even as leaders converge on some answers, new markets are being set up to preempt politics.
  • Orient added that the bill might preempt several state laws.
  • The program must be designed to widen the choices available to the market, not to preempt them.
  • There are attempts to preempt criticism that some footage may be staged.
  • To this end, she has taken on fighting terrorism at its source to preempt hypocrisy.
  • But our policies are designed to make us alert, not to preempt our professional judgment.
  • Malignant tumors indicate often lethal brain conditions, but even nonmalignant growths can preempt normal brain activity.

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