[ pree-emp-shuhn ]
/ priˈɛmp ʃən /
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the act or right of claiming or purchasing before or in preference to others.
- Also called fed·e·ral pre·emp·tion . the doctrine that federal law takes precedence over state law when the two conflict.
- Also called state pre·emp·tion . the doctrine that state law takes precedence over local law, such as county or municipal legislation, when the two conflict.
Military. a policy of attacking first when there is imminent threat of attack by an enemy, or an enactment of this policy:Preemption only works if there is sufficient intelligence capacity. The possibility of preemption is of grave concern to several Pentagon officials.
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How to use preemption in a sentence
Having taken a lease of the land, with a right of pre-emption after a specified period, he proceeded to build.The Church Index|William Pepperell
No; I respect and revere pre-emption rights; for they fortify and sustain the right to the elements.The Chainbearer|J. Fenimore Cooper
He had the 'right of pre-emption of fish in all his ports, and the choice of the best fish.'Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts|Rosalind Northcote
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.
British Dictionary definitions for preemption
/ (prɪˈɛmpʃən) /
law the purchase of or right to purchase property in advance of or in preference to others
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
Word Origin for pre-emption
C16: from Medieval Latin praeemptiō, from praeemere to buy beforehand, from emere to buy
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