Peremptory means putting an end to all debate, discussion or refusal; conveying a sense of urgency or command that brooks no contradiction or delay.


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These in fact were the happiest years of Charles’s life. At first he and Henrietta Maria had not been happy, and in July 1626 he peremptorily ordered all of her French entourage to quit Whitehall. After the death of Buckingham, however, he fell in love with his wife and came to value her counsel.


It has not grasped that, unlike in much of the West, large-scale relatively efficient agriculture is an important industry in the region that needs encouraging. If the EU understood this, it would not have peremptorily forbidden the governments of Poland, Hungary and Slovakia from doing what was necessary to avert an existential threat to their survival. Nor, for that matter, has much of the Eurocracy ever really comprehended that eastern states that until 30 years ago lived in the Russian shadow do not have the same unthinking loyalty to the supranational authority of Brussels as other member states.

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It is prescribed in Article 2, paragraph 4 of the Charter of the United Nations. This principle is also widely seen as a peremptory norm of general international law, from which no derogation is permitted. Under the Charter, a State is entitled to use force only for the purpose of self-defense.

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Until about 1980, absent some muscular reason such as national security, the protection of police informers or blackmail victims, or the need to prevent breaches of confidence, the press was entitled to say what it liked about whom it liked provided only that it was true. How is it that we have reached the depressing situation where the press can be peremptorily ordered to keep information from us because it might hurt the subject of it?

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