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.

    Etymology: From imperativus.

  2. imperative(Noun)

    A verb in imperative mood.

    Etymology: From imperativus.

  3. imperative(Noun)

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

    Visiting Berlin is an imperative.

    Etymology: From imperativus.

  4. imperative(Adjective)

    essential

    It is imperative that you come here right now.

    Etymology: From imperativus.

  5. imperative(Adjective)

    Having a semantics that incorporates mutable variables.

    Etymology: From imperativus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imperative(adj)

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

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

  2. Imperative(adj)

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

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

  3. Imperative(adj)

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

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

  4. Imperative(noun)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

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    Karen
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    Veena
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How to say imperative in sign language?

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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. Nancy Willard:

    Mindfulness practice can help. I would recommend this for the president, being able to think things through to determine the best approach to deal with a challenging situation is also imperative. Increasing the president's problem solving skills would also help.

  2. Nikema Williams:

    Nobody could possibly fill the shoes of Congressman John Lewis, john Lewis leadership and fighting spirit is needed now more than ever in this country. I believe it is imperative that we choose someone with a long track record of fearlessly standing up for what is right and someone who will take on the endless attacks on our rights that we've grown accustomed to seeing from the Republican Party.

  3. Jennifer Morgan:

    Everyone is concerned that (the process) needs to be quicker, there is just an imperative that by Thursday they have a text that ministers can engage on this summer ... that has clear options.

  4. Ted Cruz:

    It is imperative that the data gathered in the census is reliable, given the wide-ranging impacts it will have on U.S. policy.

  5. Jennifer Morgan:

    There is just an imperative that by Thursday they have a text that ministers can engage on this summer ... that has clear options.

Images & Illustrations of imperative

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