Definition of Pre-emptive strike
1. Noun. A surprise attack that is launched in order to prevent the enemy from doing it to you.
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Literary usage of Pre-emptive strike
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Soviet Military Policy Since World War II by Richard Felix Staar (1986)
"Although the USSR would prefer to pre-empt, it knows that it cannot count on being able to do so. A Soviet pre-emptive strike would seek to seize and hold ..."
2. Youth & Drugs: Society's Mixed Messages edited by Hank Resnik (1994)
"... budget pre-emptive strike" and 13-city news conference via satellite hookup, complete with Milton Berle, "who asked nonsmokers to 'lighten up and let us ..."
3. Power, Competition, and the State by Keith Middlemas (1986)
"... inflation.44 This may not have been a pre-emptive strike to tie the politicians down, but it certainly pinned the disagreeable choices on them. ..."
4. From Civil Strife to Civil Society: Civil and Military Responsibilities in by William Maley, Charles J. G. Sampford, Ramesh Chandra Thakur (2003)
"... political actors need not strike pre-emptively against their opponents for fear that they will otherwise fall victim to a pre-emptive strike themselves. ..."
5. American Neutrality in the 20th Century: The Impossible Dream by John N. Petrie (1996)
"... restrained India, the best tactical option available to India might have been to conduct a pre-emptive strike against the ENTERPRISE task force. ..."
6. Interstate Transportation of Human Pathogens: Congressional Hearings by Orrin G. Hatch (1999)
"The cult believed that it could precipitate the Apocalypse by launching a pre-emptive strike. Toward that end, the cult successfully produced nerve agents ..."
7. French Security And Defence Policy: Current Developments And Future Prospects by Fredrik Wetterqvist (1993)
"... then the full force of the French strategic weapons would be released in a massive pre-emptive strike. This strike was defined in terms of threatening ..."