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preemptive strike

noun
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60
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Examples from the web for preemptive strike
  • The principle of preemptive strike is an abomination that cannot flourish in a real democracy.
  • If you declare preemptive strike on others with all sorts of weapons it's impossible to stop others from developing their own.
  • We might see a preemptive strike to try to stop the bleeding before another banking crisis occurs.
  • Companies are responding as you might expect: with a preemptive strike.
  • Bursting into the house with the shotguns blasting away was to be seen as a preemptive strike in self-defense.
  • It can be an anticipatory response, a preemptive strike to prevent an infidelity that might occur.
  • The plaintiff-debtor has invoked the jurisdiction of this court as a preemptive strike to establish the discharge of his debt.
  • If you know that negative news is coming, consider a preemptive strike.
  • If you know negative news is coming, consider a preemptive strike.
  • preemptive strike: effective fire prevention always is preferable to effective fire suppression.
preemptive strike in Culture

preemptive strike definition


A first-strike attack with nuclear weapons carried out to destroy an enemy's capacity to respond. A preemptive strike is based on the assumption that the enemy is planning an imminent attack.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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