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Definition of Imperative

Imperative

  1. Expressive of command; containing positive command; authoritatively or absolutely directive; commanding; authoritative; as, imperative orders.
  2. Not to be avoided or evaded; obligatory; binding; compulsory; as, an imperative duty or order.
  3. Expressive of commund, entreaty, advice, or exhortation; as, the imperative mood.
  4. The imperative mood; also, a verb in the imperative mood.

Imperative Quotations

Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.
H. G. Wells

Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.
Henry Miller

If those committed to the quest fail, they will be forgiven. When lost, they will find another way. The moral imperative of humanism is the endeavor alone, whether successful or not, provided the effort is honorable and failure memorable.
E. O. Wilson

The security of Israel is a moral imperative for all free peoples.
Henry A. Kissinger
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Imperative Translations

imperative in German is unbedingte, unbedingt, Befehlsform, zwingend
imperative in Italian is legante

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