- the act or right of claiming or purchasing before or in preference to others.
Origin of preemption
Examples from the Web for pre-emption
Historical Examples of pre-emption
By claiming its discovery under the mining laws, or by pre-emption?The Story of a Mine
It had been said that North Carolina had no right but that of pre-emption.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)
Thomas Hart Benton
In 1838 they built the "Pre-Emption," which was also run by the two brothers.Old Times on the Upper Mississippi
George Byron Merrick
There was an odd genius in the town who claimed these wrecks by pre-emption.A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed.
William Chauncey Bartlett
This pre-emption is where the dam and mills have since been erected at North Hudson.Fifty Years In The Northwest
William Henry Carman Folsom
- 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