Preempt vs Cancel - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between preempt and cancel
is that preempt
is (nonstandard) while cancel
is to cross out something with lines etc.
As a noun cancel is
a cancellation (us
); (nonstandard in some kinds of english).
to appropriate something (before someone else does)
to displace something, or take precedence over something
(bridge) to make a preemptive bid at bridge
* cancell (obsolete)
To cross out something with lines etc.
To invalidate or annul something.
- A deed may be avoided by delivering it up to be cancelled ; that is, to have lines drawn over it in the form of latticework or cancelli; the phrase is now used figuratively for any manner of obliterating or defacing it.
* 1914 , (Marjorie Benton Cooke), Bambi
*:"I don't know what your agreement was, Herr Professor, but if it had money in it, cancel it. I want him to learn that lesson, too."
To mark something (such as a used postage stamp) so that it can't be reused.
- He cancelled his order on their website.
To offset or equalize something.
- This machine cancels the letters that have a valid zip code.
(mathematics) To remove a common factor from both the numerator and denominator of a fraction, or from both sides of an equation.
(media) To stop production of a programme.
(printing, dated) To suppress or omit; to strike out, as matter in type.
(obsolete) To shut out, as with a railing or with latticework; to exclude.
- The corrective feedback mechanism cancels out the noise.
(slang) To kill.
- cancelled from heaven
A cancellation (US ); (nonstandard in some kinds of English).
# (Internet) A control message posted to Usenet that serves to cancel a previously posted message.
(obsolete) An inclosure; a boundary; a limit.
(printing) The suppression on striking out of matter in type, or of a printed page or pages.
- A prison is but a retirement, and opportunity of serious thoughts, to a person whose spiritdesires no enlargement beyond the cancels of the body. — Jeremy Taylor.