- 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 imperatively
We imperatively require a perception of, and a homage to beauty in our companions.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It existed in America and was imperatively demanded in Europe.Herbert Hoover
“We must not trust him or any of the others,” said Dirk imperatively.
"I wish to see you—I must speak with you, even if you have retired," she returned, imperatively.The Masked Bridal
Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
She let go his arm and imperatively pushed it from her, tossing her head.A Pair of Blue Eyes
- 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 imperatively
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.”