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pre-emptive

  

      adj  
1    of, involving, or capable of pre-emption  
2      (Bridge)   (of a high bid) made to shut out opposition bidding  
3      (Military)   designed to reduce or destroy an enemy's attacking strength before it can use it  
a pre-emptive strike     
  pre-emptively      adv  
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