Translation of "pre-emptive" - English-Spanish dictionary


adjective uk /ˌpriːˈemp.tɪv/ 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.

(Translation of “pre-emptive” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)