[puh-remp-tuh-ree, per-uh mp-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /pəˈrɛmp tə ri, ˈpɛr əmpˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/

leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal; imperative:
a peremptory command.
imperious or dictatorial.
positive or assertive in speech, tone, manner, etc.

urgent or commanding: a peremptory ring on the bell
not able to be remitted or debated; decisive
positive or assured in speech, manner, etc; dogmatic


“decisive,” mid-15c., legal term, from Anglo-French peremptorie, from Middle French peremtoire, from Latin peremptorius “destructive, decisive, final,” from peremptor “destroyer,” from perimpere “destroy, cut off,” from per- “away entirely, to destruction” (see per) + emere “to take” (see exempt (adj.)). Of persons or their words, “certain, assured, brooking no debate,” 1580s. Related: Peremptorily.

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