- 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: LL 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
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- Expressing a command or plea; peremptory: requests that grew more and more imperative.
- Having the power or authority to command or control.
- Grammar Of, relating to, or constituting the mood that expresses a command or request.
- Impossible to deter or evade; pressing: imperative needs. See Synonyms at urgent.
- a. A command; an order.b. An obligation; a duty: social imperatives.
- A rule, principle, or instinct that compels a certain behavior: a people driven to aggression by territorial imperatives.
- Grammar a. The imperative mood.b. A verb form of the imperative mood.
Origin: Middle 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.
- im·perˈa·tive·ly adverb
- im·perˈa·tive·ness noun
imperative - Cultural Definition
A grammatical category describing verbs that command or request: “Leave town by tonight”; “Please hand me the spoon.”