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Synonyms of peremptory in English:


  • 1 a peremptory reply
    brusque, imperious, high-handed, brisk, abrupt, summary, commanding, dictatorial, autocratic, overbearing, dogmatic, arrogant, overweening, lordly, magisterial, authoritarian;
    emphatic, firm, insistent
    informal bossy
  • 2 a peremptory order of the court
    irreversible, binding, absolute, final, conclusive, decisive, definitive, categorical, irrefutable, incontrovertible;
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    peremptory, preemptive
    These two words may sometimes be confused, but they are in no way interchangeable terms. A peremptory act or statement is absolute; it cannot be denied: he issued a peremptory order. A preemptive action is one taken before an adversary can act: preemptive air strikes stopped the enemy from launching the new warship
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