- the imperative mood.
- a verb in this mood.
Origin of imperative
Synonyms for imperative
Related Words for imperativenessvicissitude, contingency, requirement, dilemma, distress, juncture, want, pass, need, plight, crisis, fix, scrape, jam, crossroad, duress, hardship, emergency, pressure, necessity
Examples from the Web for imperativeness
Historical Examples of imperativeness
The man's voice leaped to a higher pitch and was sharp with imperativeness.Moon-Face and Other Stories
There was a touch of imperativeness in the hurriedly written little note that indefinitely appealed to him.The Silver Poppy
The very homeliness and obviousness of the duty causes us often to lose sight of its imperativeness and necessity.
Both had been troubled and roused, and they were drawing together with the sharpness and imperativeness of uniting elements.The Game
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
- the imperative mood
- a verb in this mood
Word Origin 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.”