Monday, April 19, 2004
Definitions for peremptory
- Precluding or putting an end to all debate or action.
- Not allowing contradiction or refusal; absolute; decisive; conclusive; final.
- Expressive of urgency or command.
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Citations for peremptory
He would dismiss the whole business . . . with a peremptory snort.
When she meets with his angry and peremptory refusal, Lucy travels to his country estate; but, entering the woods that surround it, she finds that Charles has defended himself from just such unwanted visits by girding the estate with a number of steel traps.
Origin of peremptory
Peremptory comes from Latin peremptorius, "destructive," from peremptus, past participle of perimere, "to take thoroughly, to do away with, to destroy; hence, to thwart, to frustrate," from per-, "thoroughly" + emere, "to take, to obtain."