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preemptive
used in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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Definition
designed or having the power to deter or prevent an anticipated situation or occurrence
  • 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.
    Chapter 15 (13% in)
  • 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.
    Chapter 19 (35% in)

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