imperative

[ɪmpˈɛɹətˌɪv], [ɪmpˈɛɹətˌɪv], [ɪ_m_p_ˈɛ_ɹ_ə_t_ˌɪ_v]

Definitions of imperative:

  1.   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.
  2.   Imperatively. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3.   Expressing command; not to be avoided; as, an imperative necessity; in grammar, expressing command, entreaty, or exhortation; as, the imperative mood. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4.   Commanding; authoritative; obligatory. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5.   Authoritatively commanding. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6.   That form of the verb which expresses command, exhortation, & c. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7.   Expressive of command: authoritative: obligatory. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8.   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.

Quotes for imperative:

  1. We simply must look beyond partisan goals and find common ground as Americans. It is imperative that the Members of Congress recognize that partisanship will not serve the American people. – Michael Crapo
  2. The fight against terror is a common imperative for democracies and must become so for all nations. – Lionel Jospin
  3. As we continue to fight the War on Terror, it is imperative that we protect America's fallen heroes by ensuring that they are treated with respect, while being laid to rest. – Jon Porter
  4. The Law is one aspect of a much more concrete and encompassing relation than the relation between commanding and obeying that characterizes the imperative – Paul Ricoeur
  5. The world organization debates disarmament in one room and, in the next room, moves the knights and pawns that make national arms imperative – E. B. White

Usage examples for imperative:

  1. It had come to be imperative – Five Little Peppers at School by Margaret Sidney
  2. His Society had a meeting on that evening, and it was imperative that he should be present. ” – The Crack of Doom by Robert Cromie
  3. “ 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
  4. My instructions, moreover, were imperative – With Zola in England by Ernest Alfred Vizetelly
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. “ " 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
  8. 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
  9. The situation was imperative and the case was clear. ” – Recollections of a Varied Life by George Cary Eggleston
  10. At the third shop, the Need, imperative royal, would wait no longer, and drove them within. ” – The Happy Foreigner by Enid Bagnold

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