Forestall vs Preemptive - What's the difference?
As a verb forestall
As an adjective preemptive is
From (etyl) forstal, from (etyl) .
* (l), (l), (l)
(obsolete, or, historical) An ambush; plot; an interception; waylaying; rescue.
Something situated or placed in front.
From (etyl) .
To prevent, delay or hinder something by taking precautionary or anticipatory measures; to avert.
To preclude or bar from happening, render impossible.
- Fred forestalled disaster by his prompt action.
(archaic) To purchase the complete supply of a good, particularly foodstuffs, in order to charge a monopoly price.
To anticipate, to act foreseeingly.
- In French, an aspired h forestalls elision.
* 1919 ,
- What need a man forestall his date of grief, / And run to meet what he would most avoid?
To deprive (with of ).
- 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 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.
- All the better; may / This night forestall him of the coming day!
* See also
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.
* preemptive strike