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tr.v. fore·stalled, fore·stall·ing, fore·stalls
a. To delay, hinder, or prevent (an event, for example) by taking action beforehand: "rehabilitative care, where the goal is not so much to cure disease as it is to forestall further decline" (George Anders). See Synonyms at prevent.
b. To delay, hinder, or prevent (someone) from doing something by taking action beforehand.
2. To prevent or hinder normal sales in (a market), as by buying up merchandise.

[Middle English forestallen, to waylay and rob, from forestal, highway robbery, ambush, from Old English foresteall : fore-, fore- + steall, position; see stel- in Indo-European roots.]

fore·stall′er n.
fore·stall′ment n.
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Noun1.forestalling - the act of preventing something by anticipating and disposing of it effectively
prevention, bar - the act of preventing; "there was no bar against leaving"; "money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of influenza"
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References in classic literature ?
Bagration was to make this march without resting, and to halt facing Vienna with Znaim to his rear, and if he succeeded in forestalling the French he was to delay them as long as possible.
But his pursuers forestalling him, he doubled back across the cabin, passed over the galley, and gained the deck by means of the steerage- scuttle.
Woodhouse, who could not be induced to get so far as London, even for poor Isabella's sake; and who consequently was now most nervously and apprehensively happy in forestalling this too short visit.
Since, we have been in contact with Twitter, securing the account, and forestalling a reoccurrence.
THE PRESENT PAPER confronts the general question of the lawfulness (1) of forestalling both potential owners from originally appropriating unowned land and actual owners from exiting their property.
We shall persist in protesting for one thousand times against a CIB grounding essentially aimed at forestalling trash-disposal tender attractions, activists added.
In between all of this was a change of government with an understanding that the anti - forestalling rules were complex and in turn a big disincentive for individuals to fund for their own retirement.
If we were to have been the beneficiaries of divine assistance during the war, forestalling the disasters that led to Dunkirk, the fall of Singapore etc.
Individual countries and international organizations have developed and begun to implement a strategy for forestalling (that is, containing, delaying, or minimizing the impact of) the onset of a pandemic.