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  • n. Alternative spelling of preemption.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The privilege or prerogative formerly enjoyed by the king of buying provisions for his household in preference to others.
  • n. The right of an actual settler upon public lands (particularly those of the United States) to purchase a certain portion at a fixed price in preference to all other applicants.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of purchasing before others; also, the right of purchasing before others, as the right of a settler to a preference in the opportunity to buy land on or near which he has settled, or of an owner of the upland to buy lands under water in front of his shore, and, in England, the privilege once enjoyed by the king of buying provisions for his household at an appraisal, or in preference to others.
  • n. Specifically, in international law. See the quotation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the judicial principle asserting the supremacy of federal over state legislation on the same subject
  • n. a prior appropriation of something
  • n. the right to purchase something in advance of others
  • n. the right of a government to seize or appropriate something (as property)
  • n. a prior appropriation of something
  • n. the right to purchase something in advance of others
  • n. the judicial principle asserting the supremacy of federal over state legislation on the same subject
  • n. the right of a government to seize or appropriate something (as property)

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