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  • pre-emptive — [[t]priː e̱mptɪv[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n A pre emptive attack or strike is intended to weaken or damage an enemy or opponent, for example by destroying their weapons before they can do any harm. Pitt wanted to cripple Spain s war making ability by… …   English dictionary

  • pre-emptive — pre emp|tive preemptive [priˈemptıv] adj a pre emptive action is done to prevent something from happening, especially something that will harm you pre emptive strike/attack ▪ a series of pre emptive strikes on guerilla bases …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pre-emptive — (adj.) also preemptive, 1855, pertaining to preemption; from PRE EMPT (Cf. pre empt) + IVE (Cf. ive). Specifically of an attack on an enemy who is plotting his own attack, from 1959, a term from the Cold War. Related: Pre emptively; preemptively …   Etymology dictionary

  • pre-emptive — adjective a pre emptive action is done to harm someone else before they can harm you, or to prevent something bad from happening: pre emptive strike/attack: a series of pre emptive strikes on guerilla bases pre emptively adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pre-emptive — UK [priːˈemptɪv] / US [prɪˈemptɪv] adjective 1) done or said to prevent something from happening a pre emptive strategy 2) intended to make it impossible or difficult for an enemy to attack a pre emptive air strike Derived word: pre emptively… …   English dictionary

  • pre-emptive — /pri ˈɛmptɪv/ (say pree emptiv) adjective 1. of or relating to pre emption. 2. Bridge of or relating to an unnecessarily high bid, made to deter one s opponents from bidding. 3. Military of or relating to an action undertaken to destroy or weaken …  

  • pre-emptive — adj. 1 pre empting; serving to pre empt. 2 (of military action) intended to prevent attack by disabling the enemy (a pre emptive strike). 3 Bridge (of a bid) intended to be high enough to discourage further bidding …   Useful english dictionary

  • pre-emptive — adj. Pre emptive is used with these nouns: ↑action, ↑attack, ↑move, ↑strike, ↑war …   Collocations dictionary

  • pre-emptive strike — noun a surprise attack that is launched in order to prevent the enemy from doing it to you • Hypernyms: ↑surprise attack, ↑coup de main …   Useful english dictionary

  • pre-emptive — [priːˈemptɪv] adj said or done before someone else has a chance to act or attack so that their plans or actions are prevented from happening …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • attack — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 violence against sb ADJECTIVE ▪ brutal, frenzied, horrific, savage, serious, vicious, violent ▪ unprovoked …   Collocations dictionary

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