or pre-emp·tion

[pree-emp-shuh n]


the act or right of claiming or purchasing before or in preference to others.

Nearby words

  1. preeminent,
  2. preeminently,
  3. preemphasis,
  4. preemployment,
  5. preempt,
  6. preemptive,
  7. preemptive right,
  8. preemptive strike,
  9. preemptor,
  10. preemptory

Origin of preemption

1595–1605; < Medieval Latin praeëmpt(us) bought beforehand (past participle of praeëmere) + -ion. See pre-, emptor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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