Definition of 'pre-emptive'
Example sentences containing 'pre-emptive'
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Hitting him was more of a pre-emptive strike than anything.Times, Sunday Times (2007) The Sun (2006) Times, Sunday Times (2009) 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) Times, Sunday Times (2009) Times, Sunday Times (2013)
Or it takes pre-emptive action.Times, Sunday Times (2006) Times, Sunday Times (2012) 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)
Definition of pre-emptive from the Collins English Dictionary
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