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Meaning of “pre-emptive” in the English Dictionary

"pre-emptive" in British English

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pre-emptiveadjective

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 ​raiseinterestrates as a pre-emptive measure against ​inflation. The ​primeministerauthorized a pre-emptive ​air strike against the ​rebels.
(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 ​raiseinterestrates as a pre-emptive ​measure against ​inflation.
(Definition of pre-emptive from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pre-emptive”
in Chinese (Simplified) 抢先的, (尤指)先发制人的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 搶先的, (尤指)先發制人的…
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