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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

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

If people who cherish freedom, who know the importance of mutual respect and are aware of the imperative necessity to establish a constructive and critical debate, if these people are not ready to speak out, to be more committed and visible, then we can expect sad, painful tomorrows. The choice is ours.
Tariq Ramadan

I think it's imperative to follow your heart and choose a profession you're passionate about, and if you haven't found that 'spark' yet, if you're not sure what you want to do with your lives - be persistent until you do.
Steve Kerr
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Imperative Translations

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

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