Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Peremptory Definition:

Final or absolute; not open to challenge.

Related Terms: Peremptory Challenge

Absolute, conclusive and final.1

In McGraff, Justice Angstman of the Supreme Court of Montana adopted these words:

"(W)here, in a statute the word must is used in imposing a duty upon a public officer, it is mandatory and peremptory, — it excludes direction and it imposes upon him an absolute duty to perform the requirement of the statute."

An adjournment to a date which is said to be peremptory means that the matter will go ahead on that date with no further applications for adjournment to be granted.

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