Preemptive meaning

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Of or having to do with preemption.
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Of or having to do with an action taken in advance of another possible action to prevent it from happening.

A preemptive strike in war.

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Designating a high bid intended to shut out or obstruct opposing bids.
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Of or relating to preemption.
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Made so as to deter an anticipated unpleasant situation.
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(bridge, of a high-level bid) Intended to interfere with an opponent's bidding.
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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.

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Relating to or being a bid in bridge at a high level that is intended to interfere with the opponents' bidding.
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Origin of preemptive

  • preempt +"Ž -ive.
    From Wiktionary