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preemptive right

noun
1.
a privilege given to an existing shareholder to buy a portion of a new stock issue at the offering price on a pro-rata per-share basis.
Origin of preemptive right
1850-1855
1850-55
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  • Staggered by this preemptive right, sacred to all miners, Cass stopped.

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