Examples from the Web for pre-emptive
"My pre-emptive action of hand shaking was fruitless," Hatami said, explaining the kiss.The Kiss That Sent Iran Crazy and an Actress to Be Flogged in Public|IranWire|May 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The sacking of Bo Xilai is a pre-emptive move to ensure that the liberal line prevails in China, not the statist model.Bo Xilai’s Sacking Signals Showdown In China’s Communist Party|Rosemary Righter|March 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
They are “in danger of committing pre-emptive superpower suicide out of a misplaced fear of declining power”.
In the last year alone, Allred has become the first name in pre-emptive Fembot litigation.
British Dictionary definitions for pre-emptive
Word Origin and History for pre-emptive
also preemptive, 1806, "pertaining to preemption;" from pre-emption + -ive. Specifically of an attack on an enemy who is plotting his own attack, 1958, a term from the Cold War. Related: Pre-emptively; preemptively.