Definition of preemption
From Medieval Latin praeÄ"mptiÅ (āprevious purchaseā), from praeemÅ (ābuy beforeā), from Latin prae- (ābeforeā) + emÅ (ābuyā).
preemption (plural preemptions)
- The purchase of something before it is offered for sale to others.
- The purchase of public land by the occupant.
- (law) The displacement of a lower jurisdiction's laws when they conflict with those of a higher jurisdiction.
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