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preemption

or pre-emp·tion

[pree-emp-shuh n]
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  1. the act or right of claiming or purchasing before or in preference to others.
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Origin of preemption

1595–1605; < Medieval Latin praeëmpt(us) bought beforehand (past participle of praeëmere) + -ion. See pre-, emptor
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Related Words for preemption

appropriation, infringement, taking, seizure, assumption, arrogation

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