Imperative definitions

ĭm-pĕr'ə-tĭv
Having the nature of, or indicating, power or authority; commanding.

An imperative gesture.

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Absolutely necessary; urgent; compelling.

It is imperative that I go.

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Designating or of the mood of a verb that expresses a command, strong request, or exhortation.
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A binding or compelling rule, duty, requirement, etc.
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A command; order.
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Necessary or urgent.
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Expressing a command or plea; peremptory.

Requests that grew more and more imperative.

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Of, relating to, or constituting the mood that expresses a command or request.
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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.

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Imperative is defined as a requirement or an order.

An example of imperative is a sergeant telling a soldier to do fifty push ups.

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It is imperative that you come here right now.

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(grammar) Of, or relating to the imperative mood.
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(computing theory) Having a semantics that incorporates mutable variables.
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Expressing a command; authoritatively or absolutely directive.

Imperative orders.

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(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.

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(countable, grammar) A verb in imperative mood.
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(countable) An essential action, a must: something which is imperative.

Visiting Berlin is an imperative.

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A rule, principle, or need that requires or compels certain action.
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A command; an order.
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The imperative mood.
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A verb form of the imperative mood.
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The imperative mood.
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A verb in this mood.
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Origin of imperative

Middle English imperatif relating to the imperative mood from Old French from Late Latin imperātīvus from Latin imperātus past participle of imperāre to command emperor