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peremptory +‎ -ly


  • (UK) IPA(key): /pəˈɹɛmpt(ə)ɹəli/


peremptorily ‎(comparative more peremptorily, superlative most peremptorily)

  1. In a peremptory manner; in a commanding tone, brooking no delay.
    • 1597, Francis Bacon, Essays, New York: T.Y. Cromwell, 1901, LVII, "Of Anger", p. 233, [1]
      [] that you doe not peremptorily break off, in any Businesse, in a Fitt of Anger: But howsoever you shew Bitternes, do not Act any thing, that is not Revocable.
    • 1661, Robert Boyle, The Sceptical Chymist, London: J.M. Dent & Sons, 1911, p. 34, [2]
      I shall not peremptorily deny, that from most of such mixt bodies as partake either of animal or vegetable nature, there may by the help of the fire be actually obtained a determinate number [] of substances, worthy of differing denominations.
    • 1885, William Dean Howells, The Rise of Silas Lapham, New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1961, Chapter XIII, p. 189, [3]
      [] the door-bell jingled peremptorily, and the girl left waiting on the table to go and answer it.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 16, [4]
      "Never mind that!" here peremptorily broke in the superior, his face altering with anger []
    He was peremptorily summoned to see the commanding officer.