(in Kantian ethics) the dictum that one should treat oneself and all humanity as an end and never as a means.
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Everything You Need To Know About ImperativesAn imperative sentence gives a command, demand, or instructions directly to an audience, and typically begins with an action word (or verb). These sentences often appear to lack a subject, or the person, place, or thing that performs the main action. This is because the subject of this type of sentence tends to be the audience that’s being directly addressed or commanded to do something. …
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