- The definition of preemptive is something done in anticipation of another action or done to prevent something from happening.
When the military takes action against forces they believe intend to do harm to them, this is an example of a preemptive strike.
preemptive definition by Webster's New World
- of or having to do with preemption
- Bridge designating a high bid intended to shut out or obstruct opposing bids
preemptive definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of preemption.
- Having or granted by the right of preemption.
- a. Relating to or constituting a military strike made so as to gain the advantage when an enemy strike is believed to be imminent: a preemptive nuclear attack.b. Undertaken or initiated to deter or prevent an anticipated, usually unpleasant situation or occurrence: The two companies organized a preemptive alliance against a possible takeover by another firm.
- Having or marked by the power to preempt or take precedence: a preemptive business offer; preemptive authority.
- Games Relating to or being a bid in bridge at a high level that is intended to interfere with the opponents' bidding.
- pre·empˈtive·ly adverb