AskDefine | Define peremptory

Dictionary Definition

peremptory adj
1 offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power; "an autocratic person"; "autocratic behavior"; "a bossy way of ordering others around"; "a rather aggressive and dominating character"; "managed the employees in an aloof magisterial way"; "a swaggering peremptory manner" [syn: autocratic, bossy, dominating, high-and-mighty, magisterial]
2 not allowing contradiction or refusal; "spoke in peremptory tones"; "peremptory commands"
3 putting an end to all debate or action; "a peremptory decree"

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  1. Precluding debate or expostulation; not admitting of question or appeal; positive; absolute; decisive; conclusive; final.
  2. Positive in opinion or judgment; decided; dictatorial; dogmatic.
  3. Firmly determined; unawed.
    "...less surprising than that he had been depressed by a book. Something was making him nibble at the edge of stale ideas as if his sturdy physical egotism no longer nourished his peremptory heart." --F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Chapter 1

Extensive Definition

Peremptory can refer to any of the following concepts in law:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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