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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: designed or having the power to deter or prevent an anticipated situation or occurrence; "a preemptive business offer" [syn: preemptive, pre-emptive]

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 pre-empting; serving to pre-empt. 2 (of military action) intended to prevent attack by disabling the enemy (a pre-emptive strike). 3 Bridge (of a bid) intended to be high enough to discourage further bidding.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Note: in AM, usually use 'preemptive' A pre-emptive attack or strike is intended to weaken or damage an enemy or opponent, for example by destroying their weapons before they can do any harm. ...plans for a pre-emptive strike against countries that may have biological weapons... ADJ: usu ADJ n



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