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a. Undertaken or intended to deter or prevent an anticipated, usually unpleasant situation or occurrence: The two companies organized a preemptive alliance against a possible takeover by another firm.
b. Having the power to preempt or take precedence: preemptive authority.
2. Games Relating to or being a bid in bridge at a high level that is intended to interfere with the opponents' bidding.

pre·emp′tive·ly adv.


or pre-emp•tive

(priˈɛmp tɪv)

1. of or pertaining to preemption.
2. taken as a measure against something possible, anticipated, or feared; preventive; deterrent: a preemptive strike against the enemy.
3. pertaining to an opening bid in bridge that is unnecessarily high, designed to prevent further bidding.
[1785–95, Amer.]
pre•emp′tive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.preemptive - designed or having the power to deter or prevent an anticipated situation or occurrence; "a preemptive business offer"
preventative, preventive - tending to prevent or hinder
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