1. Allowing no opportunity for challenge or contradiction; absolute.
2. Imperious; autocratic. 
1. Final; positive; conclusive. 
1. Final; absolute; conclusive; incontrovertible <The king’s peremptory order>.
2. Not requiring any shown cause; arbitrary <peremptory challenges>.
3. (Of behavior) abrupt, with neither politeness nor friendliness, indicating an expectation of immediate obedience. 
1. A challenge to a juror that a party may exercise without having to give a reason. 
1. A challenge to a juror to be exercised by a party to a civil action or criminal prosecution without assignment of reason or cause. Bufford v State, 148 Neb 38, 26 NW2d 383.
A challenge to a judge without assignment of reason or cause. Austin v Lambert, 10 Cal 2d 73, 77 P2d 849, 115 ALR 849. 
1. One of a party’s limited number of challenges that do not need to be supported by a reason unless the opposing party makes a prima facie showing that the challenge was used to discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, or sex. * At one time, a peremptory challenge could not be attacked and did not have to be explained. But today if discrimination is charged, the party,making the peremptory challenge must give a nondiscriminatory reason for striking the juror. The court must consider several factors in deciding whether the proffered reason is merely a screen for illegal discrimination. Batson v. Kentucky, 476 US. 79, 106 S.Ct. 1712 (1986). — Often shortened to peremptory. — aka peremptory strike; sight strike. See STRIKE (2); Batson challenge.
1. Slang. To strike (a prospective juror) by peremptory challenge <prosecutors perempted the defendant’s neighbor>.
2. Slang. To exercise a peremptory challenge <both sides had plenty of opportunities to perempt>. * The difference between sense 1 and sense 2 is that sense 1 is transitive, whereas sense 2 is intransitive. This slangy verb, a linguistic backformation from the adjective peremptory, is often mispronounced as if it were preempt — an entirely different word.
To quash, do away with, or extinguish. 
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: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949). Edited by William S. Anderson. © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY. Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931
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