- leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal; imperative: a peremptory command.
- imperious or dictatorial.
- positive or assertive in speech, tone, manner, etc.
- that precludes or does not admit of debate, question, etc.: a peremptory edict.
- decisive or final.
- in which a command is absolute and unconditional: a peremptory writ.
Origin of peremptory
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Examples from the Web for peremptorily
Peremptorily I dismissed these harassing and frightful doubts.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
We reached the Porta Fodesta, and peremptorily bade the guard to open for us.The Strolling Saint
She waved him peremptorily, almost contemptuously, into silence.The Sea-Hawk
"Citoyenne, I am waiting for you to alight," he said peremptorily.The Trampling of the Lilies
"I will not be tormented with these requests, Parkes," said he, peremptorily.Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
- urgent or commandinga peremptory ring on the bell
- not able to be remitted or debated; decisive
- positive or assured in speech, manner, etc; dogmatic
- admitting of no denial or contradiction; precluding debate
- obligatory rather than permissive
Word Origin and History for peremptorily
"decisive," mid-15c., legal term, from Anglo-French peremptorie, from Middle French peremtoire, from Latin peremptorius "destructive, decisive, final," from peremptor "destroyer," from perimpere "destroy, cut off," from per- "away entirely, to destruction" (see per) + emere "to take" (see exempt (adj.)). Of persons or their words, "certain, assured, brooking no debate," 1580s. Related: Peremptorily.