Pre-emptive – Intended to forestall or prevent something occurring
To remember the definition of the word pre-emptive, use the following mnemonic:
Preventive (pre-emptive) action by the police officer stopped the crook. The officer prevented something bad occurring.
Examples of pre-emptive in a sentence
We have no intention of launching a pre-emptive strike, but we will retaliate if provoked.
The treasury has decided to raise interest rates as a pre-emptive measure against inflation.
Paul took pre-emptive measures with his clothing as there was a possibility of rain later in the afternoon.