- of or relating to preemption.
- taken as a measure against something possible, anticipated, or feared; preventive; deterrent: a preemptive tactic against a ruthless business rival.
- preempting or possessing the power to preempt; appropriative; privileged: a commander's preemptive authority.
- Bridge. pertaining to, involving, or noting an opening bid or an overcall in a suit that is at an unnecessarily high level and that is essentially a defensive maneuver designed to make communication between one's opponents more difficult: a preemptive bid; to give a preemptive response.
Origin of preemptive
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Examples from the Web for preemptive
So Israel should start thinking more about preemptive technology.Israel Needs Better War Technology
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To this supporter of preemptive war and conservative fiscal policy, wars and tax cuts were two great tastes that went together.Dick Cheney Loves War, Hates Food Stamps
February 25, 2014
The Democrats made a preemptive strike, and now the Republicans will exact their revenge.The GOP’s Nuclear Winter Strategy
December 2, 2013
Our leaders justify the warfare through the doctrine of preemptive warfare.War Is the New Peace: American Vets Reflect on Syria
John Kael Weston
September 10, 2013
Third, he relied on spotty intelligence and the threat of chemical weapons to justify a preemptive strike.A Veteran Sees Echoes of Iraq and Argues Against Intervention in Syria
Brian Van Reet
September 9, 2013
Staggered by this preemptive right, sacred to all miners, Cass stopped.Found At Blazing Star