NounImperative (countable and uncountable; plural Imperatives)
- (uncountable, grammar) The grammatical mood expressing an order (see jussive). In English, the imperative form of a verb is the same as that of the bare infinitive.
- The verbs in sentences like "Do it!" and "Say what you like!" are in the imperative.
- (countable, grammar) A verb in imperative mood.
- (countable) An essential action, a must: something which is imperative.
- Visiting Berlin is an imperative.
- (grammatical mood) imperative mood
- It is imperative that you come here right now.
- (computing theory) Having a semantics that incorporates mutable variables.
Adverbs for Imperative
vitally; essentially; fundamentally; urgently; pressingly; harshly; severely; austerely; arbitrarily; absolutely; legally; tyrannically; strictly; rigidly; uncompromisingly; inexorably; dreadfully; highly.
absolute, absolutist, absolutistic, acid, acute, allegiance, arbitrary, aristocratic, arrogant, ascendant, assigned task, authoritarian, authoritative, authorized, autocratic, basic, behest, bidding, binding, biting, bossy, bounden duty, burden, burning, business, call of duty, canon, case of need, charge, choiceless, claimed, clamant, clamorous, clothed with authority, coactive, code, command, commanding, commandment, commitment, compelling, competent, compulsatory, compulsive, compulsory, conclusive, conditional, consequential, considerable, constraining, controlling, convention, corrosive, critical, crucial, crying, cutting, de rigueur, decisive, decretal, decretive, decretory, dedication, deference, demanded, despotic, devoir, devotion, dictate, dictated, dictating, dictation, dictatorial, dictum, dire necessity, direct order, directive, dogmatic, dominant, domineering, driving, duly constituted, duties and responsibilities, duty, effective, eminent, empowered, entailed, essential, ethics, ex officio, exigence, exigency, exigent, fealty, feudal, final, forceful, forcible, form, formula, fundamental, general principle, golden rule, governing, great, grinding, guideline, guiding principle, gutsy, hard-and-fast, harsh, hegemonic, hegemonistic, hest, high-handed, high-pressure, high-priority, homage, immediacy, imperativeness, imperial, imperious, important, importunate, imposed, impressive, incisive, indicative, indispensable, inevitable, influential, insistent, instant, instructive, involuntary, irresistible, irrevocable, jussive, law, leading, line of duty, lordly, loyalty, magisterial, magistral, mandated, mandating, mandatory, masterful, matter of necessity, maxim, mighty, mission, mitzvah, mode, momentous, monocratic, mood, moral, mordant, must, necessary, necessitous, nervous, norm, obligating, obligation, obligative, obligatory, official, onus, oppressive, optative, order, ordering, ordinance, ought, overbearing, overruling, penetrating, peremptory, permissive, piercing, pivotal, place, pleasure, poignant, potent, potential, powerful, preceptive, predicament, preeminent, prerequisite, prescript, prescriptive, pressing, pressingness, pressure, prestigious, principium, principle, prominent, puissant, punchy, ranking, regulation, repressive, required, requisite, respect, restraining, rubric, rule, ruling, say-so, self-imposed duty, senior, sensational, settled principle, severe, sinewed, sinewy, slashing, special order, standard, stern, strict, striking, strong, subjunctive, substantial, superior, suppressive, supreme, telling, tenet, totalitarian, trenchant, tyrannical, tyrannous, ultimate, urgency, urgent, urgent need, vigorous, vital, weighty, will, without appeal, without choice, word, word of command, working principle, working rule
From Latin imperātīvus.
- feminine form of imperativo
Adverbimperātīvē (not comparable)
- Imperative in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879