- 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
Examples from the Web for peremptory
I have already mentioned the peremptory tone in which he repelled Bancroft's Articuli Cleri.Constitutional History of England, Vol 1 of 3|Henry Hallam
Pamela's eyes recovered their natural brilliance under his peremptory look.Elizabeth's Campaign|Mrs. Humphrey Ward
On 20th January, 1633, Galileo started on his weary journey to Rome, in compliance with this peremptory summons.Great Astronomers|R. S. Ball
In the light of this dreadful midnight the young man himself perceived how alarming and peremptory were its brief injunctions.Salem Chapel, v.1/2|Mrs. Oliphant
But on this particular morning peremptory business connected with the magistracy called the rector away.Felix Holt, The Radical|George Eliot
British Dictionary definitions for peremptory
- admitting of no denial or contradiction; precluding debate
- obligatory rather than permissive
Word Origin for peremptory
Word Origin and History 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.