1. [syn: autocratic, bossy, dominating, high-and-mighty, magisterial, peremptory]
2. not allowing contradiction or refusal;
- Example: "spoke in peremptory tones"
- Example: "peremptory commands"
3. putting an end to all debate or action;
- Example: "a peremptory decree"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Peremptory \Per"emp*to*ry\, a. [L. peremptorius destructive,
deadly, decisive, final: cf. F. p['e]remptorie. See
1. Precluding debate or expostulation; not admitting of
question or appeal; positive; absolute; decisive;
Think of heaven with hearty purposes and peremptory
designs to get thither. --Jer. Taylor.
2. Positive in opinion or judgment; decided; dictatorial;
Be not too positive and peremptory. --Bacon.
Briefly, then, for we are peremptory. --Shak.
3. Firmly determined; unawed. [Poetic] --Shak.
Peremptory challenge (Law) See under Challenge.
Peremptory mandamus, a final and absolute mandamus.
Peremptory plea, a plea by a defendant tending to impeach
the plaintiff's right of action; a plea in bar.
Syn: Decisive; positive; absolute; authoritative; express;
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually
unwarranted power; "an autocratic person"; "autocratic
behavior"; "a bossy way of ordering others around"; "a
rather aggressive and dominating character"; "managed the
employees in an aloof magisterial way"; "a swaggering
peremptory manner" [syn: autocratic, bossy,
dominating, high-and-mighty, magisterial,
2: not allowing contradiction or refusal; "spoke in peremptory
tones"; "peremptory commands"
3: putting an end to all debate or action; "a peremptory decree"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
137 Moby Thesaurus words for "peremptory":
absolute, absolutist, absolutistic, admitting no exception,
all-out, arbitrary, aristocratic, arrogant, authoritarian,
authoritative, autocratic, bigoted, binding, bossy, categorical,
certain, clear, commanding, compelling, complete, compulsory,
conceited, conclusive, de rigueur, decided, decisive, decretal,
decretive, decretory, definite, definitive, despotic, determinate,
dictated, dictating, dictatorial, directive, doctrinaire,
doctrinarian, dogmatic, dogmatizing, domineering, downright,
emphatic, entailed, entire, explicit, express, feudal, final, firm,
fixed, flat, flat-out, global, grinding, hard-and-fast,
high-handed, imperative, imperial, imperious, implicit, imposed,
inappealable, incontrovertible, indisputable, insistent,
instructive, irrefutable, irrevocable, jussive, lordly,
magisterial, magistral, mandated, mandating, mandatory, masterful,
monocratic, must, necessary, obligating, obligatory, obstinate,
opinionated, opinionative, opinioned, oppressive, oracular,
out-and-out, outright, overbearing, overruling, perfect,
pontifical, positive, positivistic, preceptive, preclusive,
prescript, prescriptive, pronunciative, repressive, required,
round, self-opinionated, self-opinioned, severe, straight,
straight-out, strict, suppressive, total, tyrannical, tyrannous,
ultimate, uncircumscribed, uncompromising, unconditional,
unconditioned, undoubting, unequivocal, unhampered, unhesitating,
unlimited, unmistakable, unmitigated, unqualified, unquestioning,
unreserved, unrestricted, unwaivable, utter, whole, without appeal,
without exception, without reserve
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
PEREMPTORY. Absolute; positive. A final determination to act without hope of
renewing or altering. Joined to a substantive, this word is frequently used
in law; as peremptory action; F. N. B. 35, 38, 104, 108; peremptory nonsuit;
Id. 5, 11; peremptory exception; Bract. lib. 4, c. 20; peremptory
undertaking; 3 Chit. Pract. 112, 793; peremptory challenge of jurors, which
is the right to challenge without assigning any cause. Inst. 4, 13, 9 Code,
7, 50, 2; Id. 8, 36, 8; Dig. 5, 1, 70 et 73.