Definition of peremptory in English:


Line breaks: per|emp¦tory
Pronunciation: /pəˈrɛm(p)t(ə)ri
, ˈpɛrɪm-/




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  • Few of us could lose our job and a major chunk of our lives and self-image so peremptorily and swiftly.
  • Having peremptorily dismissed 90% of the book's content as ‘unconvincing’, he gets to the business of his review.
  • Frank sang aggressively, peremptorily, without really expecting an answer; there is desperation and neediness in Nora's voice, but I don't hear her as genuinely asking a question either.


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  • Once in the cell, by sheer peremptoriness the young lawyer cajoles him to change outer clothes, cravat, and boots with him and to shake out his hair from its ‘queue’, to look more like his.
  • She attempts to counter mounting evidence by discounting prophecies, but the brevity, the peremptoriness of her responses to his anguished questions is striking.


late Middle English (as a legal term): via Anglo-Norman French from Latin peremptorius 'deadly, decisive', from perempt- 'destroyed, cut off', from the verb perimere, from per- 'completely' + emere 'take, buy'.

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