Definition of peremptory in English:



  • 1Insisting on immediate attention or obedience, especially in a brusquely imperious way.

    ‘‘Just do it!’ came the peremptory reply’
    • ‘He has been the subject of much criticism, several recall attempts and diatribes because of what is described as arbitrary and arrogant behavior, peremptory statements and decisions.’
    • ‘The next day his peremptory order to the authorities to send the irregulars home was obeyed with alacrity, and this should have been the end of the matter.’
    • ‘To put it in religious language, the scientist is answerable to a very stern and peremptory magisterium, the magisterium of Nature herself.’
    • ‘What the police need, she once said in that peremptory way of hers, is ‘support not criticism’.’
    • ‘A programme of counselling and strict supervision of the future behaviour, accompanied by a fine or suspension, would have better fitted the crime than the peremptory expulsion and removal of the men's livelihoods.’
    • ‘It is impossible to imagine the uproar that such peremptory and contemptuous words from him would provoke.’
    • ‘Whereas the latter had tended to deal with divisions through a process of avoidance or such extended discussion that unity was effected through boring dissidents into submission, his style was brusque and peremptory.’
    • ‘And beauty, as a term signifying (like health) an indisputable excellence, has been a perennial resource in the issuing of peremptory evaluations.’
    • ‘I'd walked up and down the streets of Avarua, trying all of the coffee shops and, reluctantly, conceded that my very peremptory hostel manager was right in pointing out that this one was the best.’
    • ‘She had already moved on, issuing strict and peremptory commands to everyone in their party.’
    • ‘Same peremptory announcements forbidding any movement around the cabin during meal times were made at regular intervals.’
    • ‘His casual and peremptory dismissal of these concerns as ‘wild accusations’, once again, does him and the organization for which he speaks no credit.’
    • ‘That phrase was just addressed to me (by a teacher) in a very peremptory manner.’
    • ‘The young woman was not in the least bit cowed down by her mother-in-law's peremptory ways, nor by our presence.’
    • ‘So fierce is his gaze, so peremptory his order, that even the shoppers forget the cold for a moment and stare in undisguised curiosity at the man with the red hackle.’
    • ‘This is a question I put to you all and to the international community, and I await a peremptory answer.’
    • ‘One peremptory glance at me and my one tremulous moment of truth had been rejected.’
    • ‘At the first sound of her peremptory voice and click of the stiletto heels, people dart behind doors and douse the lights.’
    • ‘He can be extremely peremptory and dismissive at a seminar, disallowing questions that he thinks can divert the drift of the discourse or introduce an inappropriate idiom into it.’
    • ‘He'd found the tile in the lowest part of the broken ditch, his shovel ringing against it as he made a few peremptory thrusts into the broken soil.’
    brusque, imperious, high-handed, brisk, abrupt, summary, commanding, authoritative, overbearing, dogmatic, autocratic, dictatorial, bossy, domineering, arbitrary, arrogant, overweening, lordly, tyrannical, despotic, imperial, magisterial, authoritarian
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    1. 1.1Law Not open to appeal or challenge; final.
      ‘a peremptory order of the court’
      • ‘While the plaintiff has not acted expeditiously in this case, I am not prepared to find that the default is intentional and contumelious, that is, in deliberate contravention of a peremptory order of the court.’
      • ‘Disobedience to a peremptory order of the court would be sufficient to satisfy the first condition.’
      • ‘We invite the Tribunal to make a peremptory order in respect of those matters.’
      • ‘The appeal is scheduled for March 10th, peremptory to the Appellant, with or without counsel.’
      • ‘Human rights and peremptory norms of international law must be observed, and legal obligations toward third states must be respected.’
      incontrovertible, irreversible, binding, absolute, final, conclusive, decisive, definitive, categorical, irrefutable, unconditional, unchallengeable
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Late Middle English (as a legal term): via Anglo-Norman French from Latin peremptorius ‘deadly, decisive’, from perempt- ‘destroyed, cut off’, from the verb perimere, from per- ‘completely’ + emere ‘take, buy’.