- 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 imperat&imacron;vus, from Latin imperatus, past participle of imperare, 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.