See also: preemptive and pre-emptive



preëmpt +‎ -ive.


  • IPA(key): /pɹiːˈɛmp.tɪv/
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preëmptive (comparative more preëmptive, superlative most preëmptive)

  1. Rare spelling of preemptive.
    • 1904, Buffalo Historical Society (Buffalo, N.Y.), Publications of the Buffalo Historical Society, p289
      The object of this company in taking their conveyance from the Indians in the form of a lease was to evade the preëmptive right.
    • 2002, The New Yorker Online Only, Conversation: The Next War, at this site
      Once the doctrine of preëmptive war is out there, then, first India, clearly, but many other people, could say that this is ideal, thank you. All these conditions are met.
    • 2003, William Z. Ripley, Main Street and Wall Street 1929, p43
      But this fails to meet the objection that if a considerable number of shareholders were thus compelled to go into the public market to buy enough shares to maintain their proportionate interest, they would probably have to pay an excessive price — a price at all events greater than would attach to the exercise of their preëmptive right.

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