Precedence vs Preempt - What's the difference?

precedence | preempt |


As a noun precedence

is the state of preceding in importance or priority.

As a verb preempt is

to appropriate something (before someone else does).

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

precedence

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • The state of preceding in importance or priority.
  • Family takes precedence over work, in an emergency.

    Derived terms

    * order of precedence

    preempt

    English

    Alternative forms

    * pre-empt *

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • to appropriate something (before someone else does)
  • to displace something, or take precedence over something
  • (bridge) to make a preemptive bid at bridge
  • Derived terms

    * preemptive * preemptor * preemptory