- 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 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
- 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 imperativeness
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.”