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 for peremptory
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Peremptory \Per"emp*to*ry\, a. [L. peremptorius destructive,
     deadly, decisive, final: cf. F. p['e]remptorie. See
     1. Precluding debate or expostulation; not admitting of
        question or appeal; positive; absolute; decisive;
        conclusive; final.
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              Think of heaven with hearty purposes and peremptory
              designs to get thither.               --Jer. Taylor.
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     2. Positive in opinion or judgment; decided; dictatorial;
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              Be not too positive and peremptory.   --Bacon.
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              Briefly, then, for we are peremptory. --Shak.
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     3. Firmly determined; unawed. [Poetic] --Shak.
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     Peremptory challenge (Law) See under 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.
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     Syn: Decisive; positive; absolute; authoritative; express;
          arbitrary; dogmatical.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually
             unwarranted power; "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" [syn: autocratic, bossy,
             dominating, high-and-mighty, magisterial,
      2: not allowing contradiction or refusal; "spoke in peremptory
         tones"; "peremptory commands"
      3: putting an end to all debate or action; "a peremptory decree"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  137 Moby Thesaurus words for "peremptory":
     absolute, absolutist, absolutistic, admitting no exception,
     all-out, arbitrary, aristocratic, arrogant, authoritarian,
     authoritative, autocratic, bigoted, binding, bossy, categorical,
     certain, clear, commanding, compelling, complete, compulsory,
     conceited, conclusive, de rigueur, decided, decisive, decretal,
     decretive, decretory, definite, definitive, despotic, determinate,
     dictated, dictating, dictatorial, directive, doctrinaire,
     doctrinarian, dogmatic, dogmatizing, domineering, downright,
     emphatic, entailed, entire, explicit, express, feudal, final, firm,
     fixed, flat, flat-out, global, grinding, hard-and-fast,
     high-handed, imperative, imperial, imperious, implicit, imposed,
     inappealable, incontrovertible, indisputable, insistent,
     instructive, irrefutable, irrevocable, jussive, lordly,
     magisterial, magistral, mandated, mandating, mandatory, masterful,
     monocratic, must, necessary, obligating, obligatory, obstinate,
     opinionated, opinionative, opinioned, oppressive, oracular,
     out-and-out, outright, overbearing, overruling, perfect,
     pontifical, positive, positivistic, preceptive, preclusive,
     prescript, prescriptive, pronunciative, repressive, required,
     round, self-opinionated, self-opinioned, severe, straight,
     straight-out, strict, suppressive, total, tyrannical, tyrannous,
     ultimate, uncircumscribed, uncompromising, unconditional,
     unconditioned, undoubting, unequivocal, unhampered, unhesitating,
     unlimited, unmistakable, unmitigated, unqualified, unquestioning,
     unreserved, unrestricted, unwaivable, utter, whole, without appeal,
     without exception, without reserve

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PEREMPTORY. Absolute; positive. A final determination to act without hope of 
  renewing or altering. Joined to a substantive, this word is frequently used 
  in law; as peremptory action; F. N. B. 35, 38, 104, 108; peremptory nonsuit; 
  Id. 5, 11; peremptory exception; Bract. lib. 4, c. 20; peremptory 
  undertaking; 3 Chit. Pract. 112, 793; peremptory challenge of jurors, which 
  is the right to challenge without assigning any cause. Inst. 4, 13, 9 Code, 
  7, 50, 2; Id. 8, 36, 8; Dig. 5, 1, 70 et 73. 

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