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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.
peremptorily
adverb uk   /-trə.li/ us  
"Now," he said peremptorily, "step forward and state your name."
Translations of “peremptory”
in Chinese (Traditional) 不容置辯的, 專橫的,霸道的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 不容置辩的, 专横的,霸道的…
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