or pre-emp·tive

[ pree-emp-tiv ]
/ priˈɛmp tɪv /


of or relating to preemption.
taken as a measure against something possible, anticipated, or feared; preventive; deterrent: a preemptive tactic against a ruthless business rival.
preempting or possessing the power to preempt; appropriative; privileged: a commander's preemptive authority.
Bridge. pertaining to, involving, or noting an opening bid or an overcall in a suit that is at an unnecessarily high level and that is essentially a defensive maneuver designed to make communication between one's opponents more difficult: a preemptive bid; to give a preemptive response.

Nearby words

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

Origin of preemptive

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; preempt + -ive

Related formspre·emp·tive·ly, adverb

Can be confusedperemptory preemptive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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