Definition of pre-emptively in English:



  • See pre-emptive

    • ‘Like Bush, Kerry favors the policy of pre-emptively striking any nation deemed to be a sufficient threat.’
    • ‘Thus, he urges, he may not be preemptively confined.’
    • ‘Now, the president talked about the Bush doctrine of acting preemptively against perceived terror threats abroad to make Americans safer domestically.’
    • ‘Bet the dude is working on a list of countries to pre-emptively attack.’
    • ‘Well, for example: the Methodist bishops have given a kind of statement against going to war pre-emptively.’