Word of the Day
Thursday, June 28, 2001

Definitions for peremptory

  1. Precluding or putting an end to all debate or action.
  2. Not allowing contradiction or refusal; absolute; decisive; conclusive; final.
  3. Expressive of urgency or command.

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Citations for peremptory
He would dismiss the whole business . . . with a peremptory snort. R.M. Berry, Leonardo's Horse
When she meets with his angry and peremptory refusal, Lucy travels to his country estate; but, entering the woods that surround it, she finds that Charles has defended himself from just such unwanted visits by girding the estate with a number of steel traps. Henry Alford, New York Times
Origin of peremptory
Peremptory comes from Latin peremptorius, "destructive," from peremptus, past participle of perimere, "to take thoroughly, to do away with, to destroy; hence, to thwart, to frustrate," from per-, "thoroughly" + emere, "to take, to obtain."