- The definition of peremptory is demanding people do things your way and do them now or a final judgment or decision, especially one made by a court.
- An example of peremptory is when someone says "Come over here right now!"
- An example of peremptory is when a court rules on an issue and hands down judgment.
peremptory definition by Webster's New World
- barring further action, debate, question, etc.; final; absolute; decisive
- not requiring that any cause be shown: a peremptory challenge of a juror
- that cannot be denied, changed, delayed, opposed, etc., as a command
- intolerantly positive or assured; imperious: a peremptory manner
Origin: Late Latin peremptorius, decisive, final ; from Classical Latin destructive, deadly ; from peremptus, past participle of perimere, to destroy ; from per-, intensive plush emere, to take, buy: see redeem
peremptory definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Putting an end to all debate or action: a peremptory decree.
- Not allowing contradiction or refusal; imperative: The officer issued peremptory commands.
- Having the nature of or expressing a command; urgent: The teacher spoke in a peremptory tone.
- Offensively self-assured; dictatorial: a swaggering, peremptory manner.
Origin: Latin peremptōrius, from peremptus, past participle of perimere, to take away : per-, per- + emere, to obtain; see em- in Indo-European roots.
- per·empˈto·ri·ly adverb
- per·empˈto·ri·ness noun
peremptory - Legal Definition