Final vs Peremptory - What's the difference?

final | peremptory |

As adjectives the difference between final and peremptory

is that final is last; ultimate while peremptory is (legal) precluding debate or expostulation; not admitting of question or appeal; positive; absolute; decisive; conclusive; final.

As a noun final

is (followed by "one") the ending, the last.



(wikipedia final)


(en noun)
  • (US) A final examination; a test or examination given at the end of a term or class; the test that concludes a class.
  • (sports) The last round, game or match in a contest, after which the winner is determined.
  • A contest that narrows a field of contestants (finalists) to ranked positions, usually in numbered places (1st place/prize, 2nd place/prize, etc.) or a winner and numbered runners-up (1st runner-up, etc.).
  • (phonology) The final part of a syllable, the combination of medial and rime in phonetics and phonology.
  • (music) The tonic or keynote of a Gregorian mode, and hence the final note of any conventional melody played in that mode.
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Last; ultimate.
  • :
  • *1671 , (John Milton), (Samson Agonistes)
  • *:Yet despair not of his final pardon.
  • Conclusive; decisive.
  • :
  • Respecting an end or object to be gained; respecting the purpose or ultimate end in view.
  • (lb) Expressing purpose; as in the term final clause.
  • (lb) Word-final, occurring at the end of a word.
  • *
  • *:Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language, he expressed the important words by an initial, a medial, or a final consonant, and made scratches for all the words between; his clerks, however, understood him very well.
  • Synonyms

    * endly * terminal


    * initial * early * first

    Derived terms

    * final cause * finalist * semifinal




    (en adjective)
  • (legal) Precluding debate or expostulation; not admitting of question or appeal; positive; absolute; decisive; conclusive; final.
  • * 1596 , Francis Bacon, Maxims of the Law , II:
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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."
  • (obsolete) Firmly determined, resolute; obstinate, stubborn.
  • Accepting no refusal or disagreement; imperious, dictatorial.
  • *
  • 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.
  • * 1999 , Anthony Howard, The Guardian , 2 Jan 99:
  • 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'.