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peremptory

[puh-remp-tuh-ree, per-uhmp-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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adjective
  1. leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal; imperative: a peremptory command.
  2. imperious or dictatorial.
  3. positive or assertive in speech, tone, manner, etc.
  4. Law.
    1. that precludes or does not admit of debate, question, etc.: a peremptory edict.
    2. decisive or final.
    3. in which a command is absolute and unconditional: a peremptory writ.
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Origin of peremptory

1505–15; < Latin peremptōrius final, decisive, literally, deadly, destructive (derivative of perimere to take away fully, destroy, slay), equivalent to per- per- + em-, base of emere to buy, orig. to take + -tōrius -tory1, with intrusive p
Related formsper·emp·to·ri·ly, adverbper·emp·to·ri·ness, nouno·ver·per·emp·to·ri·ly, adverbo·ver·per·emp·to·ri·ly·ness, nouno·ver·per·emp·to·ry, adjectiveun·per·emp·to·ri·ly, adverbun·per·emp·to·ri·ness, nounun·per·emp·to·ry, adjective
Can be confusedperemptory preemptive

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Examples from the Web for peremptoriness

Historical Examples

  • "Come, Jimmy," said the master, with a touch of peremptoriness.

    Cressy

    Bret Harte

  • He spoke quite civilly, but the peremptoriness jarred on her.

    Into the Highways and Hedges

    F. F. Montrsor (Frances Frederica)

  • Peremptoriness and fondness mingled both in his word and manner.

    Trevethlan: Volume 1

    William Davy Watson

  • Then the faithful Sam revived his suit with some peremptoriness.

  • "I wish you to tell me," persisted Alexa, with a peremptoriness which came of the school-master.

    The Elect Lady

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for peremptoriness

peremptory

adjective
  1. urgent or commandinga peremptory ring on the bell
  2. not able to be remitted or debated; decisive
  3. positive or assured in speech, manner, etc; dogmatic
  4. law
    1. admitting of no denial or contradiction; precluding debate
    2. obligatory rather than permissive
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Derived Formsperemptorily, adverbperemptoriness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Anglo-Norman peremptorie, from Latin peremptōrius decisive, from perimere to take away completely, from per- (intensive) + emere to take
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Word Origin and History for peremptoriness

peremptory

adj.

"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.

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