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1. 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)

2. Positive in opinion or judgment; decided; dictatorial; dogmatical. Be not too positive and peremptory. (bacon) Briefly, then, for we are peremptory. (Shak)

3. Firmly determined; unawed. Peremptory challenge See 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.

Synonym: decisive, positive, absolute, authoritative, express, arbitrary, dogmatical.

Origin: L. Peremptorius destructive, deadly, decisive, final: cf. F. Peremptorie. See Perempt.