- the imperative mood.
- a verb in this mood.
Origin of imperative
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?|Eleanor Clift|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And that very same Roosevelt no doubt still believed it was imperative for us to make America “fairly radical for a generation.”
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|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
The absence of a cure makes prevention an imperative consideration.Is Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) the Next SARS?|Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad|May 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It should be imperative (not optional, as at present) for every vessel to carry a certain number of lifebelts.Saved by the Lifeboat|R.M. Ballantyne
My mouth is sealed from giving you the reasons, which nevertheless render it imperative on me to decline your generous offer.'Henrietta Temple|Benjamin Disraeli
The ensuing silence was immediately broken by the child's imperative repetition of the word "story!"Education in The Home, The Kindergarten, and The Primary School|Elizabeth P. Peabody
Their officers no doubt felt an equal chagrin, but the need was imperative.Army Boys on the Firing Line|Homer Randall
He flung aside the whole work, got to his feet with the imperative need of an athlete for the open.Birthright|T.S. Stribling
- the imperative mood
- a verb in this mood
Word Origin for imperative
1520s, from Late Latin imperativus "pertaining to a command," from imperatus "commanded," past participle of imperare "to command, to requisition," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + parare "prepare" (see pare).
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.”