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preemptive right  

Definition 1.

The right of current shareholders to maintain their fractional ownership of a company by buying a proportional number of shares of any future issue of common stock. Most states consider preemptive rights valid only if made explicit in a corporation's charter. also called subscription privilege or subscription right.
 

Definition 2.

The right of a company's existing common shareholders to have the first chance to purchase shares in a company's future stock issuance.
 
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