preëmption

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin prae- (before) + ēmptiō (buying), from ēmptus, perfect passive participle of emō (buy).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /pɹiːˈɛmp.ʃən/

NounEdit

preëmption (plural preëmptions)

  1. Rare spelling of preemption.
    • 1906, Guy Carleton Lee & Francis Newton Thorpe, The History of North America, p255
      All the foreigners who had served therein were entitled to homesteads, many lands were open to preëmption by foreigners…
    • 2004, John Wesley Powell, The Arid Lands, p37
      No person can exercise the preëmption right who is already the owner of 320 acres of land.
    • 2005, Mari Sandoz, Old Jules, p94
      “If you had two hundred dollars to pay on your preëmption you could borrow some.”

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