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Definitions of imperative

  1. some duty that is essential and urgent Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a mood that expresses an intention to influence the listener's behavior Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The imperative mood; also, a verb in the imperative mood. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Something, as an act or word, that gives or expresses a command; the imperative mood. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. That which is imperative. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. That mode of the verb which expresses command. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. Imperativeness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. That form of the verb which expresses command, exhortation, &c. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. Imperatively. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. requiring attention or action; "as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative"; "requests that grew more and more imperative" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. relating to verbs in the imperative mood Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. Expressive of command; containing positive command; authoritatively or absolutely directive; commanding; authoritative; as, imperative orders. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Not to be avoided or evaded; obligatory; binding; compulsory; as, an imperative duty or order. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Expressive of commund, entreaty, advice, or exhortation; as, the imperative mood. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Expressive of command: authoritative: obligatory. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. Commanding; authoritative; obligatory. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. Authoritatively commanding. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. Expressing or containing positive command or desire; positive; authoritative; in gram., the simple form of the verb which expresses command or exhortation, as go, eat, sing. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for imperative

  1. When a Boer realised that he must fight or lose his life or a battle, he would fight as few other men were able to fight, but when he imagined that his presence at the firing line was not imperative he chose to remain in laager. – With the Boer Forces by Howard C. Hillegas
  2. Banion's call was quick and imperative – The Covered Wagon by Emerson Hough
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