preemptive-strike

preemptive strike


Origin:
1955–60

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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.

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