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imperative

[ im-per-uh-tiv ]
/ ɪmˈpɛr ə tɪv /
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adjective
absolutely necessary or required; unavoidable: It is imperative that we leave.
of the nature of or expressing a command; commanding.
Grammar. noting or pertaining to the mood of the verb used in commands, requests, etc., as in Listen! Go!Compare indicative (def. 2), subjunctive (def. 1).
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Origin of imperative

1520–30; <Late Latin imperātivus, equivalent to Latin imperāt(us) past participle of imperāre to impose, order, command (im-im-1 + -per- (combining form of parāre to fur-nish (with), produce, obtain, prepare) + -ātus-ate1) + -īvus-ive

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH imperative

imperative , imperial, imperious
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British Dictionary definitions for imperative

imperative
/ (ɪmˈpɛrətɪv) /

adjective
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
noun
something that is urgent or essential
an order or command
grammar
  1. the imperative mood
  2. a verb in this mood

Derived forms of imperative

imperatively, adverbimperativeness, noun

Word Origin for imperative

C16: from Late Latin imperātīvus, from Latin imperāre to command
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Cultural definitions for imperative

imperative

A grammatical category describing verbs that command or request: “Leave town by tonight”; “Please hand me the spoon.”

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