Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “peremptory”

peremptory

adjective uk   /pəˈremp.tər.i/ us    /-tɚ-/
expecting to be obeyed immediately and without asking questions: He started issuing peremptory instructions. She was highly critical of the insensitive and peremptory way in which the cases had been handled.Controlling and being in charge
peremptorily
adverb uk   /-trə.li/ us  
"Now," he said peremptorily, "step forward and state your name."Controlling and being in charge
(Definition of peremptory from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of peremptory?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “peremptory” in other dictionaries

Translations of “peremptory”

Word of the Day

nip

to press something quickly and quite hard between two objects, especially sharp objects such as teeth or nails

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More