preemptive strike


Nearby words

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

Origin of preemptive strike

First recorded in 1955–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Culture definitions for preemptive strike

preemptive strike

A first-strike attack with nuclear weapons carried out to destroy an enemy's capacity to respond. A preemptive strike is based on the assumption that the enemy is planning an imminent attack.

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