What does imperative mean?

Definitions for imperativeɪmˈpɛr ə tɪv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word imperative.

Princeton's WordNet

  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


  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 Dictionary

  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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Imperative

    im-per′a-tiv, adj. expressive of command: authoritative: peremptory: obligatory.—adv. Imper′atively.—Imperative mood, the form of a verb expressing command or advice; Categorical imperative (see under Category). [L. imperativusimperāre, to command—in, in, parāre, to prepare.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of imperative in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of imperative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. H. G. Wells:

    Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.

  2. State John Kerry:

    More than half of global emissions are coming from developing nations. It is imperative that they act too.

  3. Henry Miller:

    Every man has his own destiny the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.

  4. Malcolm Bruce:

    It is imperative that, once the immediate crisis is over, the eyes of the world do not turn away from the region.

  5. Margot Fonteyn:

    The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous.

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Translations for imperative

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

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

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