Peremptory Definition

Barring further action, debate, question, etc.; final; absolute; decisive.
Webster's New World
Not allowing contradiction or refusal; imperative.
The officer issued peremptory commands.
American Heritage
Not requiring that any cause be shown.
A peremptory challenge of a prospective juror.
Webster's New World
That cannot be denied, changed, delayed, opposed, etc., as a command.
Webster's New World
Intolerantly positive or assured; imperious.
A peremptory manner.
Webster's New World

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

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