Sure, positive, not doubting.
(obsolete) Determined; resolved.
- I was certain of my decision.
Not to be doubted or denied; established as a fact.
* Bible, Dan. ii. 45
- However, I with thee have fixed my lot, / Certain to undergo like doom.
Actually existing; sure to happen; inevitable.
- The dream is certain , and the interpretation thereof sure.
- Bankruptcy is the certain outcome of your constant gambling and lending.
- Virtue that directs our ways / Through certain dangers to uncertain praise.
- Death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all.
Fixed or stated; regular; determinate.
* Bible, Ex. xvi. 4
- I have often wished that I knew as certain a remedy for any other distemper.
Not specifically named; indeterminate; indefinite; one or some; sometimes used independently as a noun, and meaning certain persons.
* Bible, Luke v. 12
- The people go out and gather a certain rate every day.
- It came to pass when he was in a certain city.
- About everything he wrote there was a certain natural grace and decorum.
* See also
* (not doubting) uncertain
* (sure to happen) impossible, incidental
Having been determined but unspecified. The quality of some particular subject or object which is known by the speaker to have been specifically singled out among similar entities of its class.
* Bible, Acts xxiii. 12
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- Certain of the Jews banded together.
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(legal) Precluding debate or expostulation; not admitting of question or appeal; positive; absolute; decisive; conclusive; final.
* 1596 , Francis Bacon, Maxims of the Law , II:
Positive in opinion or judgment; absolutely certain, overconfident, unwilling to hear any debate or argument (especially in a pejorative sense); dogmatic.
* 2003 , Andrew Marr, The Guardian , 6 Jan 03:
- there is no reason but if any of the outlawries be indeed without error, but it should be a peremptory plea to the person in a writ of error, as well as in any other action.
(obsolete) Firmly determined, resolute; obstinate, stubborn.
Accepting no refusal or disagreement; imperious, dictatorial.
- He marched under a placard reading "End Bossiness Now" but decided it was a little too peremptory , not quite British, so changed the slogan on subsequent badges, to "End Bossiness Soon."
* 1999 , Anthony Howard, The Guardian , 2 Jan 99:
- less surprising than that he had been depressed by a book. Something was making him nibble at the edge of stale ideas as if his sturdy physical egotism no longer nourished his peremptory heart.
- Though today (surveying that yellowing document) I shudder at the peremptory tone of the instructions I gave, Alastair - in that same volume in which I get chastised for my coverage of the Macmillan rally - was generous enough to remark that my memorandum became 'an office classic'.