- the imperative mood.
- a verb in this mood.
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Origin of imperative
OTHER WORDS FROM imperative
Example sentences from the Web for imperative
“It is imperative,” the prosecutors said in their statement, “that we use our discretion to decline to prosecute personal healthcare choices criminalized under such laws.”Barrett confirmation hearing day three: Barrett declines to say whether it’s wrong to separate migrant children from parents|Derek Hawkins, Seung Min Kim, Ann Marimow, Karoun Demirjian|October 14, 2020|Washington Post
Obstacles aside, reinvention is an imperative, for companies and individuals.Is BP really going ‘beyond petroleum’ this time around?|Adam Lashinsky|October 12, 2020|Fortune
We had quite a lot of latitude because they made D&I a business imperative.‘A lot of listening’: A Q&A with Conde Nast’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer, Yashica Olden|Max Willens|October 5, 2020|Digiday
So it was imperative as the pandemic broke out for Sam’s to help those customers weather a crisis that has been much harder on small business than large corporations.How Sam’s Club helped small businesses through COVID|Phil Wahba|October 1, 2020|Fortune
It’s an important milestone in a young person’s development, and having the right bike is imperative.
She stopped rocking herself, and said imperatively, "Will you please put that back, Dr. Morrell?"Annie Kilburn|William Dean Howells
That vacuous content which engrosses the body after long indisposition, held her imperatively.A Mountain Woman and Others|(AKA Elia Wilkinson) Elia W. Peattie
It was imperatively necessary that Miss Baker should go up to town in a week or two.The Bertrams|Anthony Trollope
Such a standard is imperatively required: as these different elements are continually liable to conflict with each other.The Methods of Ethics|Henry Sidgwick
And books—and friends—that ought to be imperatively forbidden?Soul of a Bishop|H. G. Wells
British Dictionary definitions for imperative
- the imperative mood
- a verb in this mood
Derived forms of imperativeimperatively, adverbimperativeness, noun
Word Origin for imperative
Cultural definitions for imperative
A grammatical category describing verbs that command or request: “Leave town by tonight”; “Please hand me the spoon.”