- 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.
- 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 of peremptoryLate Latin peremptorius, decisive, final ; from Classical Latin destructive, deadly ; from peremptus, past participle of perimere, to destroy ; from per-, intensive + emere, to take, buy: see redeem
- a. Subject to no further debate or dispute; final and unassailable: a peremptory decree.b. Not allowing contradiction or refusal; imperative: The officer issued peremptory commands.
- Offensively self-assured; imperious or dictatorial: a swaggering, peremptory manner.
Origin of peremptoryLatin perēmptōrius, from perēmptus, past participle of perimere, to take away : per-, per- + emere, to obtain; see em- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more peremptory, superlative most peremptory)
- (law) Precluding debate or expostulation; not admitting of question or appeal; positive; absolute; decisive; conclusive; final. [from 15th c.]
- Positive in opinion or judgment; absolutely certain, overconfident, unwilling to hear any debate or argument (especially in a pejorative sense); dogmatic. [from 16th c.]
- Accepting no refusal or disagreement; imperious, dictatorial. [from 17th c.]
peremptory - Legal Definition
Final; conclusive; positive; incontrovertible. In a jury selection, each side is permitted a certain number of peremptory challenges for which no explanation is necessary. A peremptory trial date may be set so as to assure a speedy trial.