What does imperative mean?

Definitions for imperative
ɪmˈpɛr ə tɪvim·per·a·tive

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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

Wiktionary

  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)

    essential

    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.]

How to pronounce imperative?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say imperative in sign language?

  1. imperative

Numerology

  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

Examples of imperative in a Sentence

  1. H. G. Wells:

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

  2. State John Kerry:

    It's imperative that these elections happen on time as scheduled.

  3. Patrick Foye:

    It is imperative that we find a way to accelerate the permitting of the project.

  4. Maureen O'Connell:

    Technology-based innovation is imperative for success in a competitive business environment.

  5. Spencer Richlin:

    It is imperative for the patient’s medical team to communicate and make a well-informed plan.

Images & Illustrations of imperative

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