Definitions of imperative

  1. ( grammar) relating to verbs in the imperative mood
  2. some duty that is essential and urgent
  3. a mood that expresses an intention to influence the listener's behavior
  4. requiring attention or action; " as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative"; " requests that grew more and more imperative"
  5. relating to verbs in the imperative mood
  6. Expressive of command; containing positive command; authoritatively or absolutely directive; commanding; authoritative; as, imperative orders.
  7. Not to be avoided or evaded; obligatory; binding; compulsory; as, an imperative duty or order.
  8. Expressive of commund, entreaty, advice, or exhortation; as, the imperative mood.
  9. The imperative mood; also, a verb in the imperative mood.
  10. Expressing command; not to be avoided; as, an imperative necessity; in grammar, expressing command, entreaty, or exhortation; as, the imperative mood.
  11. Something, as an act or word, that gives or expresses a command; the imperative mood.
  12. Imperatively.
  13. Obligatory, involuntary, not controllable by the will.
  14. Expressive of command: authoritative: obligatory.
  15. Commanding; authoritative; obligatory.
  16. Commanding; authoritative; peremptory; obligatory.
  17. That which is imperative.
  18. That mode of the verb which expresses command.
  19. Imperativeness.
  20. Authoritatively commanding.
  21. That form of the verb which expresses command, exhortation, & c.
  22. 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.

Usage examples for imperative

  1. It had come to be imperative. – Five Little Peppers at School by Margaret Sidney
  2. 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
  3. I deeply regret the necessity, but it is imperative that I make sure of getting every pin that is on your person. – The Diamond Pin by Carolyn Wells
  4. To extend somewhere, then, was an imperative necessity. – The Railroad Builders A Chronicle of the Welding of the States, Volume 38 in The Chronicles of America Series by John Moody
  5. At the third shop, the Need, imperative, royal, would wait no longer, and drove them within. – The Happy Foreigner by Enid Bagnold
  6. This was imperative, in order to assure the easy location of the point of first attack, and to permit the entire fleet to come into position there. – The Black Star Passes by John W Campbell
  7. So imperative were Mr. Smith's voice and gesture this time that Benny fell back subdued. – Oh, Money! Money! by Eleanor Hodgman Porter
  8. Therefore was another imperative necessity to procure every means of magic and charm to fan the flame of her lover's desires. – Witch-Doctors by Charles Beadle
  9. The situation was imperative and the case was clear. – Recollections of a Varied Life by George Cary Eggleston
  10. We were to listen for one shrill note which was imperative. – Memories and Anecdotes by Kate Sanborn
  11. They are compelled by want to sacrifice a number of instincts especially the most valuable among them, that of workmanship, in order to save the lowest and most imperative, that of eating. – Manhood of Humanity. by Alfred Korzybski
  12. His Society had a meeting on that evening, and it was imperative that he should be present. – The Crack of Doom by Robert Cromie
  13. What has become of conscience- of the moral law- of Kant's imperative- in the minds of writers like these?" – The Case of Richard Meynell by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  14. But a solution is becoming imperative." – Paris From the "Three Cities" by Emile Zola
  15. Banion's call was quick and imperative. – The Covered Wagon by Emerson Hough
  16. " You stop where you are," was the imperative answer, " and wait till I have time to get it;" and Timothy humbly sat down again. – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  17. It is most imperative. – Long Live the King by Guy Boothby
  18. So long as the newspaper circulation knew no great increase this wonderful press was all- sufficient; but the greater the supply the greater grew the demand, and a printing- press capable of striking off papers with greater rapidity was felt to be an imperative need. – Inventors by Philip Gengembre Hubert
  19. My instructions, moreover, were imperative. – With Zola in England by Ernest Alfred Vizetelly
  20. The words came to Yeager low but imperative. – Steve Yeager by William MacLeod Raine