Forestall vs Preemptive - What's the difference?

forestall | preemptive |

As a verb forestall

is .

As an adjective preemptive is




Etymology 1

From (etyl) forstal, from (etyl) .

Alternative forms

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


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

    From (etyl) .


    (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



    Alternative forms

    * * pre-emptive


    (en adjective)
  • Of or relating to preemption.
  • Made so as to deter an anticipated unpleasant situation.
  • (bridge, of a high-level bid) Intended to interfere with an opponent's bidding.
  • Derived terms

    * preemptive strike * preemptively