Definition of Peremptory

1. Adjective. Offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power. "A swaggering peremptory manner"

Exact synonyms: Autocratic, Bossy, Dominating, High-and-mighty, Magisterial
Similar to: Domineering
Derivative terms: Boss

2. Adjective. Not allowing contradiction or refusal. "Peremptory commands"
Similar to: Imperative

3. Adjective. Putting an end to all debate or action. "A peremptory decree"
Similar to: Decisive

Definition of Peremptory

1. a. Precluding debate or expostulation; not admitting of question or appeal; positive; absolute; decisive; conclusive; final.

Definition of Peremptory

1. Adjective. (legal) Precluding debate or expostulation; not admitting of question or appeal; positive; absolute; decisive; conclusive; final. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

2. Adjective. Positive in opinion or judgment; absolutely certain, overconfident, unwilling to hear any debate or argument (especially in a pejorative sense); dogmatic. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

3. Adjective. (obsolete) Firmly determined, resolute; obstinate, stubborn. (defdate 16th-18th c.) ¹

4. Adjective. Accepting no refusal or disagreement; imperious, dictatorial. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

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Definition of Peremptory

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Medical Definition of Peremptory

1. 1. Precluding debate or expostulation; not admitting of question or appeal; positive; absolute; decisive; conclusive; final. "Think of heaven with hearty purposes and peremptory designs to get thither." (Jer. Taylor) 2. Positive in opinion or judgment; decided; dictatorial; dogmatical. "Be not too positive and peremptory." (Bacon) "Briefly, then, for we are peremptory." (Shak) 3. Firmly determined; unawed. Peremptory challenge See Challenge. Peremptory mandamus, a final and absolute mandamus. Peremptory plea, a plea by a defendant tending to impeach the plaintiff's right of action; a plea in bar. Synonym: Decisive, positive, absolute, authoritative, express, arbitrary, dogmatical. Origin: L. Peremptorius destructive, deadly, decisive, final: cf. F. Peremptorie. See Perempt. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Peremptory

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1. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1921)
"matter of peremptory challenges Is clear in Us terms and provides: "When tbe offense charged is treason or a capital offense, the defendant shall be ..."

2. Crabb's English Synonyms by George Crabb (1917)
"Positive and absolute are employed for either things or persons; peremptory for persons only, or for that which is personal. ..."

3. Judicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases by West Publishing Company (1904)
"peremptory CHALLENGE. peremptory challenges are those which are made to the Jury without ... A peremptory challenge Is a challenge without showing any ..."

4. Commentaries on the Laws of England by Herbert Broom, Edward Alfred Hadley, William Wait, William Blackstone (1875)
"This privilege, of peremptory challenge, though granted to the prisoner, ... The peremptory challenges of the prisoner must however have some reasonable ..."

5. A New Law Dictionary and Institute of the Whole Law: For the Use of Students by Archibald Brown (1874)
"peremptory PLEAS. Pleas in bar are so termed in contradistinction to that ... The former, viz., peremptory pleas, aro usually pleaded to the merits of .the ..."

6. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1903)
"The next section prescribes the order in which challenges shall be taken, first challenges for cause, and next peremptory challenges. ..."

7. A Treatise on Extraordinary Relief in Equity and at Law by Thomas Carl Spelling (1893)
"When peremptory Writ issued in First Instance. — The peremptory form of the writ is issued in the first instance only in those cases where either the ..."

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