Preempt vs Forestall - What's the difference?

preempt | forestall |


As verbs the difference between preempt and forestall

is that preempt is to appropriate something (before someone else does) while forestall is to prevent, delay or hinder something by taking precautionary or anticipatory measures; to avert.

As a noun forestall is

(obsolete|or|historical) an ambush; plot; an interception; waylaying; rescue.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

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

    forestall

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) forstal, from (etyl) .

    Alternative forms

    * (l), (l), (l)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (obsolete, or, historical) An ambush; plot; an interception; waylaying; rescue.
  • Something situated or placed in front.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To prevent, delay or hinder something by taking precautionary or anticipatory measures; to avert.
  • Fred forestalled disaster by his prompt action.
  • To preclude or bar from happening, render impossible.
  • In French, an aspired h forestalls elision.
  • (archaic) To purchase the complete supply of a good, particularly foodstuffs, in order to charge a monopoly price.
  • To anticipate, to act foreseeingly.
  • * Milton
  • What need a man forestall his date of grief, / And run to meet what he would most avoid?
  • * 1919 ,
  • She insisted on doing her share of the offices needful to the sick. She arranged his bed so that it was possible to change the sheet without disturbing him. She washed him. She did not speak to him much, but she was quick to forestall his wants.
  • To deprive (with of ).
  • * Shakespeare
  • All the better; may / This night forestall him of the coming day!
  • To obstruct or stop up, as a road; to stop the passage of a highway; to intercept on the road, as goods on the way to market.
  • Synonyms
    * See also
    Derived terms
    * forestaller * forestalment * forestallment