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Definition of Preemption


  1. The act or right of purchasing before others.
  2. The privilege or prerogative formerly enjoyed by the king of buying provisions for his household in preference to others.
  3. The right of an actual settler upon public lands (particularly those of the United States) to purchase a certain portion at a fixed price in preference to all other applicants.

Preemption Quotations

When we're talking about technology that involves weapons of mass destruction, nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, there has to be an element of preemption.
John Sununu

Unilateral preemption should not in any way be the model for how we conduct international relations.
Mohamed ElBaradei

Preemption is the right of any nation in order to preserve its National Security; however, preemptive war is a tactic, not a strategy. When used as a strategy preemption dilutes diplomacy, creates an atmosphere of distrust, and promotes regional instability.
Ellen Tauscher

I happen to believe that the preemption school is correct, that the risks of allowing Saddam Hussein to acquire his weapons will only grow with time.
Charles Krauthammer

If you talk about preemption you better know things rather than think things.
Byron Dorgan
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Preemption Translations

preemption in German is Vorkauf, Vorkaufsrecht
preemption in Spanish is retracto
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