American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Putting an end to all debate or action: a peremptory decree.
- adj. Not allowing contradiction or refusal; imperative: The officer issued peremptory commands.
- adj. Having the nature of or expressing a command; urgent: The teacher spoke in a peremptory tone.
- adj. Offensively self-assured; dictatorial: a swaggering, peremptory manner.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- That precludes or does not admit of debate, question, or expostulation; hence, express; authoritative; positive; absolute: as, a, peremptory command or call.
- In law, final; determinate; absolute and unconditional: as, a peremptory action or exception.
- Fully resolved; resolute; determined; positive in opinion or judgment; dogmatic: said of persons.
- Positively settled upon; that positively must be done, etc.
- Synonyms and Authoritative, Dogmatic, etc. See magisterial.
- Express, absolute, imperative, categorical.
- n. A peremptory order.
- Unquestionably; positively.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Precluding debate or expostulation; not admitting of question or appeal; positive; absolute; decisive; conclusive; final.
- adj. Positive in opinion or judgment; decided; dictatorial; dogmatical.
- adj. Poetic Firmly determined; unawed.
- adj. not allowing contradiction or refusal
- adj. putting an end to all debate or action
- adj. offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power
- From Anglo-Norman peremptorie, parentorie et al. (Modern French péremptoire), and its source, Latin peremptōrius ("deadly; decisive"), from perimō. (Wiktionary)
- Latin peremptōrius, from peremptus, past participle of perimere, to take away : per-, per- + emere, to obtain; see em- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word peremptory means “precluding a right to debate;” the dismissals are called peremptory challenges because the opposing attorney normally cannot challenge them.”
“But, you say, The exercise of that peremptory is not based on any impermissible ground (i.e., race, gender etc.)”
“The exercise of that peremptory is not based on any impermissible ground (i.e., race, gender etc.)”
“The problem is that many will jump to the conclusion that the disparity in peremptory strikes by race is due to racial bias on the part of prosecutors.”
“In a trial, each side has a limited number of opportunities to rule out potential jurors without stating a reason for it—these are called peremptory challenges.”
“Nevertheless Ishmael noticed that the ship's captain looked anxious and gave his orders in short, peremptory tones.”
“(The word peremptory means “precluding a right to debate;” the dismissals are called peremptory challenges because the opposing attorney normally cannot challenge them.) Olin begins by recounting his experience as a dismissed juror in a criminal case in Newark, NJ.”
“And the reason is, the defense gets 25 challenges in New York and the prosecution gets 25 challenges, what are called peremptory challenges.”
“All aboard!" called a peremptory voice from somewhere on deck.”
“Behind them Caleb and Allison had lost still more ground while the latter paused to speak a peremptory word in the ear of”
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