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English noun: preemption

1. preemption (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. preemption (attribute) the right of a government to seize or appropriate something (as property)


Broader (hypernym)legal right

3. preemption (attribute) the right to purchase something in advance of others


Broader (hypernym)right

Narrower (hyponym)preemptive right, subscription right

4. preemption (act) a prior appropriation of something

SamplesThe preemption of bandwidth by commercial interests.


Broader (hypernym)appropriation

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