Definition of Preventive attack
1. Noun. A strike that is carried out in order to deter expected aggression by hostile forces.
Generic synonyms: Strike
Lexicographical Neighbors of Preventive Attack
Literary usage of Preventive attack
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. An Inquiry on the Duty of Christians with Respect to War: Including an by John Sheppard (1820)
"... of the individuals called States, is made to include original or preventive attack, therefore, by stronger reason, subsequent reciprocal attack. ..."
2. The Reluctant Sheriff: The United States After the Cold War by Richard N. Haass (1997)
"... risk that the other side will retaliate, possibly initiating a larger war fought with any unconventional weapons not destroyed in the preventive attack. ..."
3. The Gravest Danger: Nuclear Weapons by Sidney David Drell, James E. Goodby (2003)
"... the Pentagon might then be freer to launch a preventive attack on North Korea, but with both South Korea and Japan in the position of being ..."
4. Poverty and Wealth from the Viewpoint of the Kingdom of God by Harry Frederick Ward, Henry Herman Meyer (1915)
"The preventive attack upon the waste of poverty If the constructive educational attack on the inefficiency of poverty is to succeed, it must be supported by ..."