preattack

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

pre- +‎ attack

Adjective[edit]

preattack (not comparable)

  1. Before an attack.
    • 2007 December 27, “Protection for Endangered Whistle-Blowers”, New York Times:
      White House complaints that homeland defense would be threatened are, in fact, contradicted by the history of 9/11 and the F.B.I. field agent whose preattack warnings to superiors went unheeded.