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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - A bidder in bridge who makes a higher than necessary bid designed to shut out shifts by the partner or bids by the opponents; Someone who acquires land by the right to purchase it before others.

Usage examples (4)
  • Verb (used with object) : a political issue preempted by the opposition party. ,The special newscast preempted the usual television program
  • Verb (used without object) : an effort to preempt inflation
  • The pre-emptor could acquire a piece of land from the government at a discounted price, or at no charge, if he made certain improvements on it.
  • Although pre-emption offered a means of obtaining Crown Land at little or no cost, it required the pre-emptor to make improvements to the property, which cost money. for more
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