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preemptive

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Definition designed or having the power to deter or prevent an anticipated situation or occurrence

The form, preempt can also mean to replace something (typically less important). For example, "The President's speech will preempt our regular broadcast."
  • a preemptive strike against the enemy's air force and missile installation
  • She preempted his expected betrayal by immediately telling everyone what happened in her own words.
  • He broke up with me last week because he'd decided there was something fundamentally incompatible about us deep down and that we'd only get hurt more if we played it out. He called it preemptive dumping.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • preemptive = done before something else happens to prevent it from happening
  • Again, I'd made the perfect preemptory strike.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • preemptory = preventing an anticipated situation or occurrence
  • So maybe you have this premonition that there is something fundamentally incompatible and you're preempting the preemption.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • 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.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • preemption = something that prevents something else from happening
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • It was this little deception, this preemptive claiming of my partner, that made me realize I was staying here.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Maybe I was a victim of improper preemption?
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • We should have launched a preemptive expedition to destroy them.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • White people had preempted that point of elevation and there was no more room.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • "Anna!" she said, and her tone was preemptory.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • One side was preempted by the professional-looking shortwave receiver and his radio log.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • We've dispatched three more squads to preempt her, but I'm afraid it may be too late.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • I suspect he had an inventory of these preemptive phrases to deflect inquiries while not offending.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • "Carlisle, you don't think—something preemptive?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • I've been learning about preemptive strategies.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • Babbitt had discreetly preempted a place beside Louetta on the piano bench.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Either scenario explains how the Church might be motivated to launch a preemptive attack against the Priory.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He shook his head and made a preemptory motion to someone behind the bar who quickly fetched him his tankard.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The elf bowed, touched two fingers to his lips-which Eragon mirrored-and then preempted Eragon by saying, "May good fortune rule over you."
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest

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