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PEREMPTORY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does peremptory mean? 

PEREMPTORY (adjective)
  The adjective PEREMPTORY has 3 senses:

1. offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power
2. not allowing contradiction or refusal
3. putting an end to all debate or action

  Familiarity information: PEREMPTORY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PEREMPTORY (adjective)


Sense 1peremptory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power

Synonyms:

autocratic; bossy; high-and-mighty; peremptory; magisterial; dominating

Context examples:

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

Similar:

domineering (tending to domineer)


Sense 2peremptory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not allowing contradiction or refusal

Context examples:

spoke in peremptory tones / peremptory commands

Similar:

imperative (requiring attention or action)


Sense 3peremptory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Putting an end to all debate or action

Context example:

a peremptory decree

Similar:

decisive (determining or having the power to determine an outcome)


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