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English noun: pre-emption

1. pre-emption (cognition) the judicial principle asserting the supremacy of federal over state legislation on the same subject


Broader (hypernym)judicial doctrine, judicial principle, legal principle

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

2. pre-emption (attribute) the right of a government to seize or appropriate something (as property)


Broader (hypernym)legal right

3. pre-emption (attribute) the right to purchase something in advance of others


Broader (hypernym)right

Narrower (hyponym)preemptive right, subscription right

4. pre-emption (act) a prior appropriation of something

SamplesThe preemption of bandwidth by commercial interests.


Broader (hypernym)appropriation

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