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 formnoun

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

  2. imperativeadjective

    some duty that is essential and urgent

  3. imperativeadjective

    requiring attention or action

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

  4. imperativeadjective

    relating to verbs in the imperative mood

Wiktionary

  1. imperativenoun

    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. imperativenoun

    A verb in imperative mood.

    Etymology: From imperativus.

  3. imperativenoun

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

    Visiting Berlin is an imperative.

    Etymology: From imperativus.

  4. imperativeadjective

    essential

    It is imperative that you come here right now.

    Etymology: From imperativus.

  5. imperativeadjective

    Having a semantics that incorporates mutable variables.

    Etymology: From imperativus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imperativeadjective

    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. Imperativeadjective

    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. Imperativeadjective

    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. Imperativenoun

    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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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. Spencer Richlin:

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

  2. Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani:

    Our basic doctrine was always a peaceful nuclear application, but it never left our mind that if one day we should be threatened and it was imperative, we should be able to go down the other path.

  3. Roger Wicker:

    I fear that Section 230's sweeping liability protections for Big Tech are stifling true diversity of political discourse on the internet, on the eve of a momentous and highly charged election, it is imperative that this committee of jurisdiction and the American people receive a full accounting from the heads of these companies about their content moderation practices.

  4. Professor Hadar Aviram:

    You are not under any obligation to defend things that are morally unjust, if you truly believe that they're morally unjust and you have an opportunity to take a stand, I think it's an imperative to do so.

  5. Joko Widodo:

    There needs to be change, it's imperative that we build a new international economic order that is open to new emerging economic powers.

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    • A. adscripted
    • B. soft-witted
    • C. incumbent
    • D. equivalent

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