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  • v. Alternative spelling of preempt.


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  • The clampdown shows "the government is very nervous, and their reaction is to pre-empt social discontent merging with the mobility of activists and the power of the Internet, as happened in the Middle East," says Wang Songlian, a researcher for China Human Rights Defenders.

    China cracks down to prevent 'Jasmine Revolution'

  • Qatar, a controversial choice for the World Cup because of fan objections to some of its cultural mores, a lack of a soccer tradition and blistering summer temperatures, has sought to pre-empt a debate about alcohol by announcing that it would create fan zones where alcohol can be consumed.

    James Dorsey: Qatari Doubts About Alcohol Boosted By Unlikely Allies: World Cup Hosts Brazil and Russia

  • Before the magazine even hits newsstands, Pitt has released a statement to try to pre-empt the controversy, saying that he was taken out of context, and that his career was truly the issue.

    Brad Pitt: Jennifer Aniston Marriage Diss In Parade Magazine Not Intended

  • The more we plan for and pre-empt issues, the less of a risk they become.

    No alternative to NHS reforms, say coalition

  • DHS spokeswoman Julie Munsell said other motions were filed at the same time, with Hudson and Circuit Judge Joe Griffin, the other judge handling Alamo-related custody cases, to try to pre-empt any further disclosure of videos that are supposed to be confidential.

    Judge delays start of Tony Alamo’s trial

  • In a classic case of Washington intrigue, Ridge reportedly leaked word of the upcoming Ashcroft press conference in order to pre-empt it, then went on the morning shows to assure Americans they should go ahead with their summer plans while Ashcroft is saying the end is near.


  • With the excitement of an Edison or an Amundsen, he reported to colleagues that: “microphone and camera allow one to crisply and quickly respond to the problems people are concerned about, pre-empt uninformed questions and, sometimes, unnecessary speculation around difficulties and shortcomings.”

    The Return

  • Chinese officials track domestic social media services to pre-empt demonstrations and to arrest organizers.

    Facebook's Dubious New Friends

  • North overcalled three spades and South raised her to four – the heavy pre-empt had done its work by pushing the opponents into a game that could not make.

    A thrilling tie

  • Nevertheless, in an effort to pre-empt the regulator's requirements, EDF on Thursday presented an updated safety plan to the French Nuclear Safety Authority.

    EDF Steps Up Safety Plan

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