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im·per·a·tive

 (ĭm-pĕr′ə-tĭv)
adj.
1. Necessary or urgent: "It is imperative that we continue to move with speed to make housing more affordable" (Timothy Geithner). See Synonyms at urgent.
2. Expressing a command or plea; peremptory: requests that grew more and more imperative.
3. Grammar Of, relating to, or constituting the mood that expresses a command or request.
n.
1.
a. A rule, principle, or need that requires or compels certain action: "the internal tension in [military] doctrine, between the desire to prescribe a common way of fighting and the imperative of adjusting particular military actions to circumstances" (Eliot A. Cohen).
b. A command; an order.
2. Grammar
a. The imperative mood.
b. A verb form of the imperative mood.

[Middle English imperatif, relating to the imperative mood, from Old French, from Late Latin imperātīvus, from Latin imperātus, past participle of imperāre, to command; see emperor.]

im·per′a·tive·ly adv.
im·per′a·tive·ness n.

imperative

(ɪmˈpɛrətɪv)
adj
1. extremely urgent or important; essential
2. peremptory or authoritative: an imperative tone of voice.
3. (Grammar) grammar Also: imperatival denoting a mood of verbs used in giving orders, making requests, etc. In English the verb root without any inflections is the usual form, as for example leave in Leave me alone
n
4. something that is urgent or essential
5. an order or command
6. (Grammar) grammar
a. the imperative mood
b. a verb in this mood
[C16: from Late Latin imperātīvus, from Latin imperāre to command]
imˈperatively adv
imˈperativeness n

im•per•a•tive

(ɪmˈpɛr ə tɪv)

adj.
1. absolutely necessary or required: It is imperative that we leave.
2. of the nature of or expressing a command.
3. of or designating a grammatical mood used in commands, exhortations, etc., as in Listen! Go! Compare indicative (def. 2), subjunctive (def. 1).
n.
4. a command; order.
5. an unavoidable obligation or requirement: the imperatives of leadership.
6.
a. the imperative mood.
b. a verb in this mood.
7. an obligatory statement, principle, or the like.
[1520–30; < Late Latin imperātivus < Latin imperātus, past participle of imperāre to impose, command; see emperor]
im•per′a•tive•ly, adv.
im•per′a•tive•ness, n.

imperative

A form of a verb or a construction that is used to express a command.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.imperative - a mood that expresses an intention to influence the listener's behavior
modality, mood, mode - verb inflections that express how the action or state is conceived by the speaker
2.imperative - some duty that is essential and urgent
duty, obligation, responsibility - the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force; "we must instill a sense of duty in our children"; "every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty"- John D.Rockefeller Jr
Adj.1.imperative - requiring attention or action; "as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative"; "requests that grew more and more imperative"
assertive, self-asserting, self-assertive - aggressively self-assured; "an energetic assertive boy who was always ready to argue"; "pointing directly at a listener is an assertive act"
2.imperative - relating to verbs in the imperative mood
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)

imperative

adjective urgent, essential, pressing, vital, crucial, compulsory, indispensable, obligatory, exigent It's imperative to know your rights at such a time.
urgent unnecessary, optional, unimportant, avoidable, nonessential, discretional

imperative

adjective
1. Compelling immediate attention:
2. Imposed on one by authority, command, or convention:
noun
An act or course of action that is demanded of one, as by position, custom, law, or religion:
Translations
صيغَة الأمْرصيغة فِعْل الأمْرضَروري بصورة مُطْلَقَه، حَتْمي
naléhavý požadavekrozkazovací způsob
bydemådeimperativ
felszólító módrendkívül fontossürgetõ
boîháttur
būtinaliepiamoji nuosaka
imperativs, paveles izteiksmekategorisks, absoluti nepieciešamspaveles-
rozkazovací spôsob
velelnik
emir kipişartzorunluzorunlu şart

imperative

[ɪmˈperətɪv]
A. ADJ
1. (= essential) → imprescindible, fundamental
it is imperative that he comeses imprescindible or fundamental que venga
it was imperative to destroy the bridgeera fundamental destruir el puente
an imperative needuna necesidad imperiosa
2. (= authoritative) [manner, command] → imperativo, imperioso
3. (Ling) → imperativo
B. N
1. (frm) (= need, drive) → imperativo m
any animal's first imperative is to surviveel primer imperativo de cualquier animal es sobrevivir
2. (Ling) → imperativo m
a verb in the imperativeun verbo en (el) imperativo
C. CPD imperative mood N (Ling) → modo m imperativo

imperative

[ɪmˈpɛrətɪv]
adj
(= vital) → impératif/ive
it is imperative to ... → il est impératif de ...
It is imperative to stick to your budget → Il est impératif de ne pas dépasser le budget.
It's imperative to know what your rights are → Il est impératif de connaître ses droits.
it is imperative for sb to do sth
It is imperative for us to act quickly → Il est impératif que nous agissions vite.
it is imperative that ... → il est impératif que ... + subj
to make it imperative for sb to do sth → rendre impérative la décision de qn de faire qch
The events of the past few days make it imperative for her to act → Les événements des derniers jours ont rendu impérative sa décision d'agir.
[tone] → impérieux/euse
n
(= matter of vital importance) → impératif m
a moral imperative → un impératif moral
a political imperative → un impératif politique
(= verb form) → impératif m
in the imperative → à l'impératif

imperative

adj
need, desiredringend; immediate action is imperativesofortiges Handeln ist dringend geboten
mannergebieterisch, befehlend, herrisch; orderstrikt
(Gram) → imperativisch, Imperativ-, befehlend, Befehls-; imperative formImperativ- or Befehlsform f
n
the political/moral/economic imperativedie politische/moralische/wirtschaftliche Notwendigkeit; there is a moral imperative to help the poores ist moralisch geboten, den Armen zu helfen
(Gram) → Imperativ m; in the imperativeim Imperativ, in der Befehlsform

imperative

[ɪmˈpɛrətɪv]
1. adj
a. (essential) → essenziale
it is imperative that he comes → è indispensabile che lui venga
b. (authoritative, manner, voice) → imperioso/a (Gram) → imperativo/a
2. n (Gram) → imperativo
in the imperative → all'imperativo

imperative

(imˈperətiv) noun, adjective
1. used of verbs that are expressing a command. In the sentence `Come here!', `come' is an imperative (verb).
2. absolutely necessary. It is imperative that we take immediate action to reduce pollution.
noun
In `Sit down!' the verb is in the imperative.

imperative

n. inperativo;
a. imperativo-a; requerido-a.
References in classic literature ?
Therefore it was imperative to sleep under mosquito netting.
Her glance wandered from his face away toward the Gulf, whose sonorous murmur reached her like a loving but imperative entreaty.
It consequently becomes imperative to make short work with most of the traditionary lore of which the old Pyncheon House, otherwise known as the House of the Seven Gables, has been the theme.
I profess, madam," answered the clergyman, with a grave obeisance, such as the lady's rank demanded, and his own good breeding made imperative -- " I profess, on my conscience and character, that I am utterly bewildered as touching the purport of your words
Grose I had an imperative, an almost frantic "Go, go
It became imperative to lance the flying whale, or be content to lose him.
A dark, wild face was seen, for a moment, to glance at the window of the house; and, as Legree opened the door, a female voice said something, in a quick, imperative tone.
But I cannot give him orders in this case: I cannot say 'Beware of harming me, Richard;' for it is imperative that I should keep him ignorant that harm to me is possible.
Two or three times, the matter in hand became so knotty, that the jackal found it imperative on him to get up, and steep his towels anew.
Imperative mood, present tense: Do not thou go home, let him not go home, let us not go home, do not ye or you go home, let not them go home.
This ill-timed defiance might have procured for De Bracy a volley of arrows, but for the hasty and imperative interference of the outlaw Chief.
I do not say, Sancho," replied Don Quixote, "that it is imperative on knights-errant not to eat anything else but the fruits thou speakest of; only that their more usual diet must be those, and certain herbs they found in the fields which they knew and I know too.