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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

A high-speed connection is no more an essential civil right than 3G cell phone service or a Netflix account. Increasing competition and restoring academic excellence in abysmal public schools is far more of an imperative to minority children than handing them iPads.
Michelle Malkin

I have been very encouraged by President Obama's call to action on climate change both at his Inauguration and in the State of the Union Address. This is a global imperative. I also welcome President Obama's intention to pursue reductions in nuclear arsenals.
Ban Ki-moon

Dismissing socialization and gender roles as piddling compared to this amorphous idea of 'maternal imperative' is part of the reason progress is stalled for family-friendly policies.
Jessica Valenti

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

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