verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- preemptive right,
- preemptive strike,
Origin of preempt
Examples from the Web for preemptory
She sat down on the top step of the landing, where she had so often paused to read her letters, and re-read the preemptory letter.
Quite accustomed to the old ladys moods, Marjorie obligingly complied with the preemptory request.
As we passed by a house an upper window was lifted and a voice called out in a preemptory tone and asked what cavalry that was.A History of the Town of Fairfax|Jeanne Johnson Rust
That command two nights ago for me to be on the spot every night was just too preemptory for me to oblige.The Brain|Alexander Blade