- a command.
- something that demands attention or action; an unavoidable obligation or requirement; necessity: It is an imperative that we help defend friendly nations.
- the imperative mood.
- a verb in this mood.
- an obligatory statement, principle, or the like.
Origin of imperative
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Examples from the Web for imperative
For Reid, the imperative has to be confirming as many of the 34 district court nominees that are in the pipeline as possible.What If the United States Had No Attorney General?
November 14, 2014
And that very same Roosevelt no doubt still believed it was imperative for us to make America “fairly radical for a generation.”Ken Burns’s ‘Roosevelts’ Fine But Flawed
Harvey J. Kaye
September 14, 2014
Many lessons and commentaries are in the imperative voice, but not all.Mike Leach Tackles Geronimo the Motivational Murderer
James A. Warren
August 17, 2014
None of it has lessened my belief in Zionism or the imperative of Israel as a home and sanctuary for Jews.Don’t Accuse Israel of Apartheid
July 17, 2014
Incorvaia warned that talking “about a situation that the older generation brushes under the table” was imperative for Italians.Italy’s Lost Generation: Youth Unemployment Hits Nearly 50 Percent
Barbie Latza Nadeau
June 7, 2014
From all of which I have drawn one main inference—the imperative urgency of Trust.The Conquest of Fear
We both agreed that evacuation of the Hagen was imperative; but then, how to get out?Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Roland was lingering unwillingly, detained by Burnham's imperative hand.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
But when he would have followed her, Dilly laid a light but imperative hand on his arm.Meadow Grass
Then, with a sudden, imperative gesture, she half turned towards him.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
- extremely urgent or important; essential
- peremptory or authoritativean imperative tone of voice
- Also: imperatival (ɪmˌpɛrəˈtaɪvəl) grammar denoting a mood of verbs used in giving orders, making requests, etc. In English the verb root without any inflections is the usual form, as for example leave in Leave me alone
- something that is urgent or essential
- an order or command
- the imperative mood
- a verb in this mood
Word Origin and History for imperative
mid-15c., in grammar; later "something imperative" (c.1600), from Old French imperatif and directly from Late Latin imperativus (see imperative (adj.)).
A grammatical category describing verbs that command or request: “Leave town by tonight”; “Please hand me the spoon.”