Imperative

[ɪmpˈɛɹətˌɪv], [ɪmpˈɛɹətˌɪv], [ɪ_m_p_ˈɛ_ɹ_ə_t_ˌɪ_v]

Definitions of imperative:

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

Antonyms for imperative:

contingent, external, lenient, limited, submissive, low pressure, superfluous, nonessential, chosen, inconsequential, constitutional, discretionary, gentle, meek, surplus, unnecessary, dispensable, voluntary, needless, peripheral, mendicant, supplemental, precatory, yielding, unneeded, beseeching, ductile, complaisant, optional, adjuratory, docile, unwanted, precative, supplicant, importunate, accessorial, humble, unwarranted, insignificant, gratuitous, responsible, noncritical, elective, imploring, undesired, uncalled-for, extraneous, safe, supplementary, stable, lowly, negligible, incidental, appurtenant, mild, auxiliary, conditional, trivial, petitionary, excess, unimportant, inessential, supplicatory, minor, suppliant, unessential, accessory, extra, pleading, compliant, accountable.


Quotes for imperative:

  1. In this context, I believe it is an imperative for the new President to select and install his team as quickly as possible, and this does not imply that he must or should appoint members of the 'other' party to his Cabinet, which could contribute to inaction and inefficiency. – Richard V. Allen
  2. With our national savings rate well below one -percent, it is imperative that the government embrace innovative and cost -effective means of boosting personal savings. – Jim Cooper
  3. 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
  4. While our nation faces many challenges that must be met regarding homeland security and our military readiness, it is imperative that we live within our means and wisely spend taxpayer dollars. – Michael Crapo
  5. Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative – Dwight D. Eisenhower
  6. The imperative is to define what is right and do it. – Barbara Jordan
  7. The fight against terror is a common imperative for democracies and must become so for all nations. – Lionel Jospin
  8. Until the last great war, a general expectation of material improvement was an idea peculiar to Western man. Now war and its aftermath have made economic and social progress a political imperative in every quarter of the globe. – Lester B. Pearson
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Humor is imperative more important than food. You have a choice when someone dies. You can lie down or get back into life. Do something for someone else. – Doris Roberts
  12. We must make it an imperative duty of our government to protect the gifts which Nature has bestowed on America and to insure the maintenance of a clean, healthy, wholesome environment for our people. – George Lincoln Rockwell
  13. Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative – H. G. Wells
  14. 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. 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
  2. We were to listen for one shrill note which was imperative – Memories and Anecdotes by Kate Sanborn
  3. 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
  4. My instructions, moreover, were imperative – With Zola in England by Ernest Alfred Vizetelly
  5. His Society had a meeting on that evening, and it was imperative that he should be present. ” – The Crack of Doom by Robert Cromie
  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. It is most imperative – Long Live the King by Guy Boothby
  8. The situation was imperative and the case was clear. ” – Recollections of a Varied Life by George Cary Eggleston
  9. “ 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
  10. 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
  11. “ Banion's call was quick and imperative – The Covered Wagon by Emerson Hough
  12. But a solution is becoming imperative – Paris From the "Three Cities" by Emile Zola
  13. 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
  14. At the third shop, the Need, imperative royal, would wait no longer, and drove them within. ” – The Happy Foreigner by Enid Bagnold
  15. “ 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
  16. It had come to be imperative – Five Little Peppers at School by Margaret Sidney
  17. The words came to Yeager low but imperative – Steve Yeager by William MacLeod Raine
  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. “ " 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
  20. So imperative were Mr. Smith's voice and gesture this time that Benny fell back subdued. ” – Oh, Money! Money! by Eleanor Hodgman Porter

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