adjective Etymology: Middle English peremptorie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin peremptorius, from Latin, destructive, from perimere to take entirely, destroy, from per- thoroughly + emere to take — more at redeem Date: 15th century 1. a. putting an end to or precluding a right of action, debate, or delay; specifically not providing an opportunity to show cause why one should not comply <
a peremptory mandamus
b. admitting of no contradiction 2. expressive of urgency or command <
a peremptory call
3. a. characterized by often imperious or arrogant self-assurance <
how insolent of late he is become, how proud, how peremptory — Shakespeare
b. indicative of a peremptory attitude or nature ; haughty <
a peremptory tone
peremptory disregard of an objection
Synonyms: see masterfulperemptorily adverbperemptoriness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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