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an action that is taken before an adversary can act: a preemptive strike
Not to be confused with:
peremptory – arbitrary, dogmatic, domineering; imperative: a peremptory order; imperious or dictatorial; assertive: a peremptory manner
preemptory – occupation of land to establish a prior right to buy: preemptory claim; an act or statement that is absolute; it cannot be denied: a preemptory challenge
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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.
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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.
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|Adj.||1.||preemptive - designed or having the power to deter or prevent an anticipated situation or occurrence; "a preemptive business offer"|
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