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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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“Peremptory.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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