from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. Firmly determined; unawed.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
From Anglo-Norman peremptorie, parentorie et al. (Modern French péremptoire), and its source, Latin peremptōrius ("deadly; decisive"), from perimō. (Wiktionary)