peremptory "decisive," 1510s, legal term, from Anglo-Fr. peremptorie, from M.Fr. peremtoire, from L. peremptorius "destructive, decisive, final," from peremptor "destroyer," from perimpere "destroy, cut off," from per- "away entirely, to destruction" (see PER (Cf. per)) + emere "to take" (see EXEMPT (Cf. exempt)). Of persons or their words, "certain, assured, brooking no debate," 1580s.

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  • Peremptory — Per emp*to*ry, a. [L. peremptorius destructive, deadly, decisive, final: cf. F. p[ e]remptorie. See {Perempt}.] 1. Precluding debate or expostulation; not admitting of question or appeal; positive; absolute; decisive; conclusive; final. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Peremptory — can refer to any of the following concepts in law:* Peremptory challenge * Peremptory norm * Peremptory plea …   Wikipedia

  • peremptory — [pər emp′tə rē] adj. [LL peremptorius, decisive, final < L, destructive, deadly < peremptus, pp. of perimere, to destroy < per , intens. + emere, to take, buy: see REDEEM] 1. Law a) barring further action, debate, question, etc.; final;… …   English World dictionary

  • peremptory — means ‘admitting no denial or refusal’ and not (perhaps by confusion with perfunctory) ‘abrupt, sudden’. A peremptory decision is not one that has been hastily reached but one that is definitive. The word is normally pronounced with the stress on …   Modern English usage

  • peremptory — imperative, imperious, *masterful, domineering Analogous words: decisive, *decided: positive, certain (see SURE): *dictatorial, dogmatic, oracular …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • peremptory — [adj] overbearing, authoritative absolute, arbitrary, assertive, autocratic, binding, bossy, categorical, certain, commanding, compelling, decided, decisive, dictatorial, dogmatic, domineering, final, finished, firm, fixed, highhanded, imperative …   New thesaurus

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  • peremptory — adjective Etymology: Middle English peremptorie, from Anglo French, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin peremptorius, from Latin, destructive, from perimere to take entirely, destroy, from per thoroughly + emere to take more at redeem Date: 15th… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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