preemptive

[pree-emp-tiv]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to preemption.
2.
taken as a measure against something possible, anticipated, or feared; preventive; deterrent: a preemptive tactic against a ruthless business rival.
3.
preempting or possessing the power to preempt; appropriative; privileged: a commander's preemptive authority.
4.
Bridge. pertaining to, involving, or noting an opening bid or an overcall in a suit that is at an unnecessarily high level and that is essentially a defensive maneuver designed to make communication between one's opponents more difficult: a preemptive bid; to give a preemptive response.
Also, pre-emptive.


Origin:
1785–95, Americanism; preempt + -ive

preemptively, adverb

peremptory, preemptive.
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preemptive

adjective
designed or having the power to deter or prevent an anticipated situation or occurrence; "a preemptive business offer" 
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Example sentences
This token action is little more than preemptive damage control.
It seems I've been preemptive in my bid for immortality.
Obviously such systems are responsive and not preemptive, like this proposed
  system.
Both are already making preemptive efforts at spin.
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