- 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