- 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 peremptory
He tried to evade immediate payment, but on this point his creditor was peremptory.Brave and Bold
A peremptory order from de Naarboveck had caused Wilhelmine to descend.A Nest of Spies
It is the peremptory military spirit which prevails in the government of honour.The Republic
He was so peremptory that Andre-Louis turned to look at him.Scaramouche
Thorpe hailed him, with a peremptory tone, and gave the brusque order, "Strand!"The Market-Place
- 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 peremptory
"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.