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Per"emp*to*ry (?), a. [L. peremptorius destructive, deadly, decisive, final: cf. F. p'eremptorie. See Perempt.]


Precluding debate or expostulation; not admitting of question or appeal; positive; absolute; decisive; conclusive; final.

Think of heaven with hearty purposes and peremptory designs to get thither. Jer. Taylor.


Positive in opinion or judgment; decided; dictatorial; dogmatical.

Be not too positive and peremptory. Bacon.

Briefly, then, for we are peremptory. Shak.


Firmly determined; unawed.



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; arbitrary; dogmatical.


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