also preemptory, 1822, "relating to pre-emption," from pre-emption + -ory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for pre-emptory

Historical Examples of pre-emptory

  • The command was such a pre-emptory one that the cadets obeyed.

    The Putnam Hall Encampment

    Arthur M. Winfield

  • Two weeks later an older brother called with a pre-emptory demand that she return home with him.

    The Choctaw Freedmen

    Robert Elliott Flickinger