Adjective "preemptive" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Serving or intended to preempt or forestall something, especially to prevent attack by disabling the enemy.
  1. 'preemptive action'
  2. '‘We see it as a non-violent, pre-emptive strike to protect the constitution,’ he said when we spoke last week.'
  3. 'Meanwhile, if the latest Labour Court initiative fails, the government will take pre-emptive and decisive action against the strikers.'
  4. 'Some local residents advocate pre-emptive privatization of degraded communal lands to protect these areas from municipal encroachment.'
  5. 'His speech was a pre-emptive strike designed to prevent opponents from exploiting the war issue.'
  6. 'They took the opportunity of their own settlement to obtain that pre-emptive right, and I have no problem with that - indeed, I congratulate them.'
  7. 'However, the report which recommended that the council waive its pre-emptive right on the land was only submitted to Mkani's standing committee on January 20, 1999.'
  8. 'The auction of Odeon was sparked in June after one property investor failed to get other shareholders to accept his pre-emptive offer of 360 million pounds.'
  9. 'The Council has a pre-emptive right to purchase the building back at its sale price and value of improvements, should the Legislature wish to sell.'
  10. 'Walt Disney, one of the four equal shareholders with pre-emptive rights alongside Carlton and Granada, may well pick up the holding.'
  11. 'If the senior executive wishes to leave the organisation in the future, it is usual for the remaining shareholders to have a pre-emptive right to reacquire the shares of the outgoing executive.'


1. of or relating to preemption.

2. taken as a measure against something possible, anticipated, or feared; preventive; deterrent: a preemptive tactic against a ruthless business rival.

3. preempting or possessing the power to preempt; appropriative; privileged: a commander's preemptive authority.

4. 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

More examples(as adjective)

"makers can be preemptive in inflations."

"feds can be preemptive in things."

"feds can be preemptive in dates."

"attitudes can be preemptive as places."

"strikes can be preemptive."

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