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  • Eragon could imagine no worse way for the truth to come out, so he decided to preempt it by explaining everything to them.†   (source)
  • Or he's already done something and he is being preemptively sweet for when I find out.†   (source)
  • He shook his head and made a preemptory motion to someone behind the bar who quickly fetched him his tankard.†   (source)
  • WITH WAR BECOMING INEVITABLE, WE BEGAN patrolling the border across Kuwait, making sure that the Iraqis weren't going to try and sneak across in a preemptory strike.†   (source)
  • Needless to say, this preemptively quells any impulse I may have had to ask about the drinking.†   (source)
  • Maybe I was a victim of improper preemption?†   (source)
  • Her command had been regal, preemptory—uttered in a tone and manner he had found completely irresistible.†   (source)
  • "As the Red force commander, I'm sitting there and I realize that Blue Team had said that they were going to adopt a strategy of preemption," Van Riper says.†   (source)
  • "I know what I did was wrong, Mom," I said in a bid to preempt whatever she had in mind.†   (source)
  • It had been preempted by coma, convulsions, and miscarriage.†   (source)
  • I take some calming breaths to preempt a panic attack.†   (source)
  • I got preempted by the Death Row Messiah.†   (source)
  • "Anna!" she said, and her tone was preemptory.†   (source)
  • You preempt!†   (source)
  • One side was preempted by the professional-looking shortwave receiver and his radio log.†   (source)
  • So maybe you have this premonition that there is something fundamentally incompatible and you're preempting the preemption.   (source)
    preempting = doing something that prevents something else from happening
  • So maybe you have this premonition that there is something fundamentally incompatible and you're preempting the preemption.   (source)
    preemption = something that prevents something else from happening
  • "I really don't want to talk about it," Lindsey said, preemptively.†   (source)
  • I thought she might be trying to preempt my own Brian remark.†   (source)
  • In Identity Disorder there is a similar clinical picture, but Borderline Personality...preempts the diagnosis ...if the disturbance is sufficiently pervasive and ...it is unlikely that it will be limited to a developmental stage.†   (source)
  • "It is because this man who is calling himself Stephano," he said, "is really a member of the Herpetological Society, and he is here to try and find the Incredibly Deadly Viper so he can preempt my presentation.†   (source)
  • In Identity Disorder there is a similar clinical picture, but Borderline Personality Disorder preempts the diagnosis of Identity Disorder if the criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder are met, the disturbance is sufficiently pervasive and persistent, and it is unlikely that it will be limited to a developmental stage.... From the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 3d edition, revised (1987), pp. 346-47 My Diagnosis.†   (source)
  • The elf bowed, touched two fingers to his lips-which Eragon mirrored-and then preempted Eragon by saying, "May good fortune rule over you."†   (source)
  • Orrin scowled and looked as if he was going to continue arguing, but Glaedr preempted him by saying, They did as I asked, King of the Surdans.†   (source)
  • He staggered over to Eragon and, without preempt, asked, "Did you kill the coward responsible for this?"†   (source)
  • Our bodies were one surface, hers and mine, but the delectations of touch were preempted by Mr. Gray.†   (source)
  • White people had preempted that point of elevation and there was no more room.†   (source)
  • The few times Francie got to play in the yard (it was preempted by the boy who lived on the ground floor who would let no one in it while he was there), she managed to be there at recess time.†   (source)
  • He seems to see reflected in them a figure antic as a showman, a little wild: a charlatan preaching worse than heresy, in utter disregard of that whose very stage he preempted, offering instead of the crucified shape of pity and love, a swaggering and unchastened bravo killed with a shotgun in a peaceful henhouse, in a temporary hiatus of his own avocation of killing.†   (source)
  • Or preempted a seat by her at a musicale or claimed her at a dance, and she was usually so amused by his bland impudence that she laughed and overlooked his past misdeeds until the next occurred.†   (source)
  • If he was lucky enough to get there (where there were but ten lavatories for five hundred children), he'd find the places preempted by the ten most brutalized children in the school.†   (source)
  • Babbitt had discreetly preempted a place beside Louetta on the piano bench.†   (source)
  • If Aunt March had begged Meg to accept John Brooke, she would probably have declared she couldn't think of it, but as she was preemptorily ordered not to like him, she immediately made up her mind that she would.†   (source)
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  • Either scenario explains how the Church might be motivated to launch a preemptive attack against the Priory.†   (source)
  • I've been learning about preemptive strategies.†   (source)
  • The cheating, that had been preemptive, a subconscious reaction to five years yoked to a madwoman: Of course I'd find myself attracted to an uncomplicated, good-natured hometown girl.†   (source)
  • Was it because of the urgency of the situation, allowing me to approach without preemptive nerves?†   (source)
  • I decided to just be preemptive.†   (source)
  • When I realized what I was looking at, my stomach took a preemptive drop off a cliff, but I didn't have much time to process the tattoo's significance.†   (source)
  • Carlisle, you don't think—something preemptive?†   (source)
  • It was masterful, shrewd and stunningly preemptive.†   (source)
  • And then, in a preemptive strike that amazed her when she thought about it later, she went on.†   (source)
  • You arrange preemptive visits of state, such as that with Blodhgarmvodhr, and do not trouble to alert me of his arrival, nor wait for me to join you so we might greet his embassy together as equals.†   (source)
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  • By Friday at dawn, a preemptive panic has set in.†   (source)
  • I suspect he had an inventory of these preemptive phrases to deflect inquiries while not offending.†   (source)
  • Score is likely result of subject exhaustion following preemptive Enemy intercept.†   (source)
  • We should have launched a preemptive expedition to destroy them.†   (source)
  • I haven't thought about Drew since this morning, and I don't really want to bring him into this now; knowing him, though, he's probably going to say something to her tonight and I have to do preemptive damage control.†   (source)
  • The increasing segregation of the two ethnicities, and the ever-growing fear between them, which made violence, especially preemptive violence, a rational strategy for self-defense.†   (source)
  • Nevertheless, although self-defense justified a preemptive strike, Joe was disturbed by the savage pleasure he took from such swift brutality.†   (source)
  • So will pressure to launch a preemptive strike.†   (source)
  • It was this little deception, this preemptive claiming of my partner, that made me realize I was staying here.†   (source)
  • Inventories of hardware, possible troop movement, preemptive strikes, political will-every possibility had been considered at great length.†   (source)
  • As he hoped, the position of his sword tempted Arya into a rash, preemptive strike: a slashing blow that would have taken him in the collarbone if it had landed.†   (source)
  • Slowly the horror of what he was about to do swallowed him until he found that he had to make a preemptive confession, not for his sake, but for Bethany's sake, should it all go terribly wrong.†   (source)
  • There are already rumblings of a preemptive nuclear strike, and I think Dwight might reverse himself on this one.†   (source)
  • If either you or Israel does anything stupid, like try a preemptive strike, you'll send us all to our graves based on an assumption that is more likely wrong than right.†   (source)
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