Meaning of “pre-emptive” in the English Dictionary

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"pre-emptive" in British English

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pre-emptiveadjective

uk /ˌpriːˈemp.tɪv/ us /ˌpriːˈemp.tɪv/ formal

(Definition of “pre-emptive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pre-emptive" in Business English

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pre-emptiveadjective

also preemptive uk us

done before someone else can act, especially to prevent them doing what they had planned:

pre-emptive action/measure/move The Treasury decided to raise interest rates as a pre-emptive measure against inflation.

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