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peremptory

[puh-remp-tuh-ree, per-uh mp-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /pəˈrɛmp tə ri, ˈpɛr əmpˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal; imperative:
a peremptory command.
2.
imperious or dictatorial.
3.
positive or assertive in speech, tone, manner, etc.
4.
Law.
  1. that precludes or does not admit of debate, question, etc.:
    a peremptory edict.
  2. decisive or final.
  3. in which a command is absolute and unconditional:
    a peremptory writ.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; < Latin peremptōrius final, decisive, literally, deadly, destructive (derivative of perimere to take away fully, destroy, slay), equivalent to per- per- + em-, base of emere to buy, orig. to take + -tōrius -tory1, with intrusive p
Related forms
peremptorily, adverb
peremptoriness, noun
overperemptorily, adverb
overperemptorilyness, noun
overperemptory, adjective
unperemptorily, adverb
unperemptoriness, noun
unperemptory, adjective
Can be confused
peremptory, preemptive.
Synonyms
2. arbitrary, dogmatic, domineering.
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  • The other reason is that a commandment is a stern, peremptory injunction.
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  • Both, in their wildly different ways, were peremptory.
  • However, in civil cases, in addition to challenge for cause each side is given six peremptory challenges.
  • He quickly alienated the musicians with his peremptory decision-making.
  • Moreover, the refusal was peremptory, and there was no reason for delay unless the demand was a mere idle threat.
  • Be it as the peremptory editorial powers require.
  • It is a peremptory rule with them, that they never go out of their road.
British Dictionary definitions for peremptory

peremptory

/pəˈrɛmptərɪ/
adjective
1.
urgent or commanding: a peremptory ring on the bell
2.
not able to be remitted or debated; decisive
3.
positive or assured in speech, manner, etc; dogmatic
4.
(law)
  1. admitting of no denial or contradiction; precluding debate
  2. obligatory rather than permissive
Derived Forms
peremptorily, adverb
peremptoriness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Anglo-Norman peremptorie, from Latin peremptōrius decisive, from perimere to take away completely, from per- (intensive) + emere to take
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Word Origin and History for peremptory
adj.

"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.

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