Definitions for imperativeɪmˈpɛr ə tɪv

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  1. imperative mood, imperative, jussive mood, imperative form(noun)

    a mood that expresses an intention to influence the listener's behavior

  2. imperative(adj)

    some duty that is essential and urgent

  3. imperative(adj)

    requiring attention or action

    "as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative"; "requests that grew more and more imperative"

  4. imperative(adj)

    relating to verbs in the imperative mood

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  1. imperative(Noun)

    The grammatical mood expressing an order (see jussive). In English, the imperative form of a verb is the same as that of the bare infinitive.

    The verbs in sentences like "Do it!" and "Say what you like!" are in the imperative.

  2. imperative(Noun)

    A verb in imperative mood.

  3. imperative(Noun)

    An essential action, a must: something which is imperative.

    Visiting Berlin is an imperative.

  4. imperative(Adjective)


    It is imperative that you come here right now.

  5. imperative(Adjective)

    Having a semantics that incorporates mutable variables.

  6. Origin: From imperativus.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Imperative(adj)

    expressive of command; containing positive command; authoritatively or absolutely directive; commanding; authoritative; as, imperative orders

  2. Imperative(adj)

    not to be avoided or evaded; obligatory; binding; compulsory; as, an imperative duty or order

  3. Imperative(adj)

    expressive of commund, entreaty, advice, or exhortation; as, the imperative mood

  4. Imperative(noun)

    the imperative mood; also, a verb in the imperative mood

  5. Origin: [L. imperativus, fr. imperare to command; pref. im- in + parare to make ready, prepare: cf. F. impratif. See Perade, and cf. Empire.]

Translations for imperative

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  • أساسي أو ضروريArabic
  • rozkazovacíCzech
  • unverzichtbar, wesentlich, essentiell, essenziell, Muss, notwendigGerman
  • επιτακτικόςGreek
  • imperativoSpanish
  • välttämätön, imperatiivinen, käskeväFinnish
  • impératif, indispensable, essentielFrench
  • àithneachScottish Gaelic
  • mikilvægur, nauðsynIcelandic
  • necessario, imperativo, necessariaItalian
  • necessum, opus, necessus, necessitasLatin
  • must, noodzakelijkDutch
  • обязательный, повелительныйRussian
  • imperativSwedish
  • mecburi, zorunluluk, mecburiyet, zorunluTurkish

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