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pre-emption

/ prɪˈɛmpʃən /

noun

  1. law the purchase of or right to purchase property in advance of or in preference to others
  2. international law the right of a government to intercept and seize for its own purposes goods or property of the subjects of another state while in transit, esp in time of war


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Word History and Origins

Origin of pre-emption1

C16: from Medieval Latin praeemptiō, from praeemere to buy beforehand, from emere to buy
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Example Sentences

Having taken a lease of the land, with a right of pre-emption after a specified period, he proceeded to build.

No; I respect and revere pre-emption rights; for they fortify and sustain the right to the elements.

He had the 'right of pre-emption of fish in all his ports, and the choice of the best fish.'

If any question arises between two pre-emption claimants, the commissioner of the general land office decides the dispute.

The pre-emption and homestead laws were passed for the benefit of the actual settlers of the country.

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