- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM peremptory
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH peremptoryperemptory , preemptive
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How to use peremptory in a sentence
He telegraphed her a peremptory appeal to go up to her house in London, and she was too wise to refuse.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
A peremptory message was sent at the same time to Matthews to demand his ultimate answer.
My father, my own weakness, or your own peremptory commands could not keep me at Belleville when I knew you had been brought here.The Circular Study|Anna Katharine Green
Ten shillings and Jaffery's peremptory order to stick to his side and obey him slavishly took the place of intellectual workings.Jaffery|William J. Locke
But here the peremptory tones of his father called the young philosopher to take the colts down to the lower pasture.A Fortune Hunter; Or, The Old Stone Corral|John Dunloe Carteret
British Dictionary definitions for peremptory
- admitting of no denial or contradiction; precluding debate
- obligatory rather than permissive