Definitions for preemptivepriˈɛmp tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pre•emp•tivepriˈɛmp tɪv(adj.)

or pre-emp•tive

  1. of or pertaining to preemption.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. taken as a measure against something possible, anticipated, or feared; preventive; deterrent:

    a preemptive strike against the enemy.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. pertaining to an opening bid in bridge that is unnecessarily high, designed to prevent further bidding.

    Category: Games

Origin of preemptive:

1785–95, Amer.


Princeton's WordNet

  1. preemptive, pre-emptive(adj)

    designed or having the power to deter or prevent an anticipated situation or occurrence

    "a preemptive business offer"


  1. preemptive(Adjective)

    of or relating to preemption

  2. preemptive(Adjective)

    made so as to gain an advantage when an enemy strike is anticipated

  3. preemptive(Adjective)

    made so as to deter an anticipated unpleasant situation

  4. preemptive(Adjective)

    (in Bridge, of a high-level bid) intended to interfere with an opponent's bidding

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preemptive(adj)

    of or pertaining to preemption; having power to preempt; preempting


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