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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

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 first and most imperative necessity in war is money, for money means everything else - men, guns, ammunition.
Ida Tarbell

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

A categorical imperative would be one which represented an action as objectively necessary in itself, without reference to any other purpose.
Immanuel Kant
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Imperative Translations

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