Peremptory meaning

pə-rĕmptə-rē
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.

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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.
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Offensively self-assured; imperious or dictatorial.

A swaggering, peremptory manner.

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That cannot be denied, changed, delayed, opposed, etc., as a command.
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Intolerantly positive or assured; imperious.

A peremptory manner.

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Positive in opinion or judgment; absolutely certain, overconfident, unwilling to hear any debate or argument (especially in a pejorative sense); dogmatic. [from 16th c.]
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Accepting no refusal or disagreement; imperious, dictatorial. [from 17th c.]
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Origin of peremptory

  • Latin perēmptōrius from perēmptus past participle of perimere to take away per- per- emere to obtain em- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman peremptorie, parentorie et al. (Modern French péremptoire), and its source, Latin peremptōrius (“deadly; decisive"), from perimō.

    From Wiktionary