preëmptory

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Etymology[edit]

Preëmpt + -ory (adjectival suffix)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pɹiːˈɛmpt.əˌɹi/

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preëmptory (comparative more preëmptory, superlative most preëmptory)

  1. Serving to preëmpt.
  2. Of, or pertaining unto, a preëmptor.

Quotations[edit]

  • 1863, Donald Grant Mitchell, My Farm of Edgewood: A Country Book, p105
    But with this, and all other aids — among which I may name the loose preëmptory reflections and suggestions of certain adjoining farmers — I was by no means proud of the appearance of the little herd of twelve or fourteen cows with which operations were to commence.
  • 1926, S.S. McClure Co., McClure’s Magazine, p380
    We pulls into Coal Creek late that night, and then he suddenly gets all-fired preëmptory.
  • 2003, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Theosophical Quarterly Magazine 1907, p40
    The King sent preëmptory instructions to his Ambassador at Rome, Cardinal D’Estrees, to enter the lists against Molinos and to do everything in his power to ruin him.

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