Definition of Preemption

1. Noun. The judicial principle asserting the supremacy of federal over state legislation on the same subject.

Exact synonyms: Pre-emption
Generic synonyms: Judicial Doctrine, Judicial Principle, Legal Principle
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law

2. Noun. The right of a government to seize or appropriate something (as property).
Exact synonyms: Pre-emption
Generic synonyms: Legal Right

3. Noun. The right to purchase something in advance of others.
Exact synonyms: Pre-emption
Generic synonyms: Right
Specialized synonyms: Preemptive Right, Subscription Right
Derivative terms: Preempt

4. Noun. A prior appropriation of something. "The preemption of bandwidth by commercial interests"
Exact synonyms: Pre-emption
Generic synonyms: Appropriation
Derivative terms: Preempt

Definition of Preemption

1. Noun. The purchase of something before it is offered for sale to others. ¹

2. Noun. The purchase of public land by the occupant. ¹

3. Noun. (computing) The temporary interruption of a task without its cooperation and with the intention of resuming it at a later time. ¹

4. Noun. (context: law) The displacement of a lower jurisdiction's laws when they conflict with those of a higher jurisdiction. ¹

5. Noun. (alternative spelling of preemption) ¹

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Definition of Preemption

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Preemption

preemployment training program
preemption (current term)
preemptive bid
preemptive right
preemptive self-defence
preemptive strike
preemptive strikes

Literary usage of Preemption

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1886)
"By the eighth section of the general preemption law of September 4, 1841, 500000 acres of land were granted to each new State subsequently admitted into the ..."

2. The Works of Daniel Webster by Daniel Webster (1890)
"THE RIGHT OF preemption TO ACTUAL SETTLERS ON THE PUBLIC LANDS.* THE following bill to grant preemption rights to actual settlers on the public lands being ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by United States Supreme Court, Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, LEXIS Law Publishing (1901)
"All the rights of preemption which the appellant sets up originated with ... Only persons over the age of twenty-one years could become preemption settlers. ..."

4. International Law Documents by Naval War College (U.S.) (1908)
"destination the right of preemption as conditional contraband would be operative. The appropriation of the neutral goods would in general have to be based ..."

5. The American and English Encyclopedia of Law by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland (1889)
"In the last case the sections were held to have been withdrawn from preemption or other disposition by force of the act itself, without any order of the ..."

6. International Cases: Arbitrations and Incidents Illustrative of by Ellery Cory Stowell, Henry Fraser Munro (1916)
"preemption IN the course of the opinion in the case of the Zamora (see p. ... The right of preemption appears to have arisen in the following manner: ..."

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