Meaning of peremptory

per•emp•to•ry

Pronunciation: (pu-remp'tu-rē, per'ump-tôr"ē, -tōr"ē), [key]
— adj.
  1. leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal; imperative: a peremptory command.
  2. imperious or dictatorial.
  3. positive or assertive in speech, tone, manner, etc.
  4. a peremptory edict.
    1. that precludes or does not admit of debate, question, etc.:a peremptory edict.
    2. decisive or final.
    3. in which a command is absolute and unconditional:a peremptory writ.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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