from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who preempts; especially, one who appropriates public land.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who preëmpts; esp., one who preëmpts public land.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who preëmpts; especially, one who takes up land with the privilege of preëmption.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bidder in bridge who makes a preemptive bid
  • n. someone who acquires land by preemption
  • n. someone who acquires land by preemption
  • n. a bidder in bridge who makes a preemptive bid


Compare Latin praeemptor. (Wiktionary)


  • KING: Is the jail that he's in now any kind of a preemptor for it?

    CNN Transcript Dec 16, 2004

  • GRACE: No. KING: The question was, what is it like to be the preemptor of sending someone to the death penalty?

    CNN Transcript Dec 13, 2004

  • He knew the man, a preemptor of Folly Bay, a truckler to the cannery because he was always in debt to the cannery, -- and a quarrelsome individual besides, who took advantage of his size and strength to browbeat less able men.

    Poor Man's Rock

  • The municipal preemptor, like the agricultural preemptor, is required to take his land in conformity with "the legal subdivisions of the public lands."

    Minnesota and Dacotah

  • The preemptor has to pay about five dollars in the way of fees before he gets through the entire process of securing a title.

    Minnesota and Dacotah

  • There is no pretension that such is the condition of the ordinary preemptor, and that he is thus held to inhabit, to cultivate, to dwell on, every quarter quarter-section, under penalty of having it seized by another preemptor, or entered in course by any public or private purchaser.

    Minnesota and Dacotah

  • The preemptor must make a settlement on the land in person; inhabit and improve the same, and erect thereon a dwelling.

    Minnesota and Dacotah

  • The preemptor of either case may take fractional sections if he will, but he is in every case to run his extreme lines with the lines of the surveyed subdivisions.

    Minnesota and Dacotah

  • I say second choice, because the preemptor has had the first choice long ago, and it may be before the land was surveyed.

    Minnesota and Dacotah

  • Now, the rights of an agricultural preemptor we understand.

    Minnesota and Dacotah


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