- 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 peremptoriness
Historical Examples of peremptoriness
"Come, Jimmy," said the master, with a touch of peremptoriness.Cressy
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.Life's Little Ironies
"I wish you to tell me," persisted Alexa, with a peremptoriness which came of the school-master.The Elect Lady
- 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 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.