preemptively, adv.
/pree emp"tiv/, adj.
1. of or pertaining to preemption.
2. taken as a measure against something possible, anticipated, or feared; preventive; deterrent: a preemptive tactic against a ruthless business rival.
3. preempting or possessing the power to preempt; appropriative; privileged: a commander's preemptive authority.
4. Bridge. pertaining to, involving, or noting an opening bid or an overcall in a suit that is at an unnecessarily high level and that is essentially a defensive maneuver designed to make communication between one's opponents more difficult: a preemptive bid; to give a preemptive response.
Also, pre-emptive.
[1785-95, Amer.; PREEMPT + -IVE]

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