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English definition of “pre-emptive”


adjective     /ˌpriːˈemp.tɪv/ formal
describes something that is done before other people can act , especially to prevent them from doing something else : The Treasury has decided to raise interest rates as a pre-emptive measure against inflation . The prime minister authorized a pre-emptive air strike against the rebels .Unhelpful and Uncooperative
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