Definition of 'pre-emptive'
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Hitting him was more of a pre-emptive strike than anything. Times, Sunday Times (2007)But the political protest song failed to make a pre-emptive strike. Times, Sunday Times (2009)A pre-emptive painkiller strike may be advisable. Times, Sunday Times (2014)See them as pre-emptive strikes. Times, Sunday Times (2012)And then there were the pre-emptive strikes on Iraq. Times, Sunday Times (2008)America controls most of the skies around Iran and would veto any pre-emptive strike. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The poachers are normally ahead of the game: here is the chance for pre-emptive action. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Or it takes pre-emptive action. Times, Sunday Times (2006)In part, the sheer scale of this may have discouraged pre-emptive action. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He took pre-emptive action, alerting other board members and mobilising their support. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The idea is to take pre-emptive action that can reap results, while avoiding costly and uncertain trials. Times, Sunday Times (2010)When partner opens with a pre-emptive bid, it is usually right to play in his suit when you have no fit. Times, Sunday Times (2011)A pre-emptive attack on yourself. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The resulting fear of attack will encourage the neighbours to pre-emptive strikes, which will in turn tempt the first group to strike against them and so on. Times, Sunday Times (2009)
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