imperative[im per′ə tiv]
- The definition of imperative is something that has authority or is absolutely necessary.
- An example of imperative is the power that a government has over its people.
- An example of imperative is the decision to give a cesarean in a breach birth.
- Imperative is defined as a requirement or an order.
An example of imperative is a sergeant telling a soldier to do fifty push ups.
- having the nature of, or indicating, power or authority; commanding: an imperative gesture
- absolutely necessary; urgent; compelling: it is imperative that I go
- Gram. designating or of the mood of a verb that expresses a command, strong request, or exhortation
Origin of imperativeLate Latin imperativus, commanding ; from past participle of Classical Latin imperare, to command: see emperor
- a binding or compelling rule, duty, requirement, etc.
- a command; order
- the imperative mood
- a verb in this mood
- Necessary or urgent: “It is imperative that we continue to move with speed to make housing more affordable” (Timothy Geithner). See Synonyms at urgent.
- Expressing a command or plea; peremptory: requests that grew more and more imperative.
- Grammar Of, relating to, or constituting the mood that expresses a command or request.
- a. A rule, principle, or need that requires or compels certain action: “the internal tension in [military] doctrine, between the desire to prescribe a common way of fighting and the imperative of adjusting particular military actions to circumstances” (Eliot A. Cohen).b. A command; an order.
- Grammar a. The imperative mood.b. A verb form of the imperative mood.
Origin of imperativeMiddle English imperatif, relating to the imperative mood, from Old French, from Late Latin imperātīvus, from Latin imperātus, past participle of imperāre, to command; see emperor.
(comparative more imperative, superlative most imperative)
(countable and uncountable, plural imperatives)
- (uncountable, grammar) 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.
- (countable, grammar) A verb in imperative mood.
- (countable) An essential action, a must: something which is imperative.
- Visiting Berlin is an imperative.
From Latin imperātīvus.