- the imperative mood.
- a verb in this mood.
Origin of imperative
Examples from the Web for imperativeness
Both had been troubled and roused, and they were drawing together with the sharpness and imperativeness of uniting elements.The Game|Jack London
In it was all the imperativeness of reproof and command and all the solicitous insistence of love.Jerry of the Islands|Jack London
The very homeliness and obviousness of the duty causes us often to lose sight of its imperativeness and necessity.
If on that subject he had only exercised the imperativeness customary with him on others, all might have been revealed.A Pair of Blue Eyes|Thomas Hardy
I never forgave him any of his behavior after his imperativeness on that occasion.Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe Compiled from Her Letters and Journals|Charles Edward Stowe
- 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.”