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pre-emptive

adjective uk   us   /ˌpriːˈemp.tɪv/ formal
If something is pre-emptive, it 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.
Translations of “pre-emptive”
in Chinese (Traditional) 搶先的, (尤指)先發制人的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 抢先的, (尤指)先发制人的…
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