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peremptory

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2 forcing one's compliance or participation by or as if by law
  • a peremptory summons to appear before the committee
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3 having a feeling of superiority that shows itself in an overbearing attitude
  • She had such a peremptory approach to running the club that people started to avoid her.
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masterful, domineering, imperious, peremptory, imperative mean tending to impose one's will on others. masterful implies a strong personality and ability to act authoritatively.
    • her masterful personality soon dominated the movement
domineering suggests an overbearing or arbitrary manner and an obstinate determination to enforce one's will.
    • children controlled by domineering parents
imperious implies a commanding nature or manner and often suggests arrogant assurance.
    • an imperious executive used to getting his own way
peremptory implies an abrupt dictatorial manner coupled with an unwillingness to brook disobedience or dissent.
    • given a peremptory dismissal
imperative implies peremptoriness arising more from the urgency of the situation than from an inherent will to dominate.
    • an imperative appeal for assistance

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