Peremptory vs Mandatory - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between peremptory and mandatory
is that peremptory
is (legal) precluding debate or expostulation; not admitting of question or appeal; positive; absolute; decisive; conclusive; final while mandatory
is obligatory; required or commanded by authority.
As a noun mandatory is
(dated|rare) a person, organisation or state who receives a mandate; a mandatary.
(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'.
Obligatory; required or commanded by authority.
* 1999 , Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen, Figments of Reality: The Evolution of the Curious Mind , page 276
- Attendance at a school is usually mandatory .
Of, being or relating to a mandate.
- This kind of immediate control structure we take to be characteristic of the tribe, and it leads to a rather rigid type of system in which 'every action not mandatory is forbidden'.
- Mandatory Palestine
* (obligatory) optional
* (obligatory) elective
(dated, rare) A person, organisation or state who receives a mandate; a mandatary.
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