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noun pe·remp·tion \pə-ˈremp-shən\

Legal Definition of peremption

  1. :  the absolute extinguishment of a right that prevents the bringing of an action a claim barred by peremption; also :  the period of time after which such an extinguishment automatically occurs — compare prescription

Origin and Etymology of peremption

Late Latin peremption- peremptio, the act of quashing, from Latin perimere to take away entirely, destroy, kill

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