After Jim Crow laws were abolished, these preemptory challenges were the tool used to keep blacks off of juries.
As we passed by a house an upper window was lifted and a voice called out in a preemptory tone and asked what cavalry that was.
Quite accustomed to the old ladys moods, Marjorie obligingly complied with the preemptory request.
That command two nights ago for me to be on the spot every night was just too preemptory for me to oblige.
She sat down on the top step of the landing, where she had so often paused to read her letters, and re-read the preemptory letter.