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preemptive

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[pree-emp-tiv] /priˈɛmp tɪv/
adjective
1.
of or relating 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.
Origin of preemptive
1785-1795
1785-95, Americanism; preempt + -ive
Related forms
preemptively, adverb
Can be confused
peremptory, preemptive.
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  • Staggered by this preemptive right, sacred to all miners, Cass stopped.

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