Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.


a.1.(Gram.) Of or pertaining to the imperative mood.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
David Wong further develops Harman's analysis of morality as social creation, of morality as comprising "an idealized set of norms in imperatival form ...
(79) In contrast to his treatment of practical inference in De Anima or Metaphysics, here the syllogism contains neither any imperatival statement nor indeed any obvious reference to action.
Some will doubt key presuppositions (e.g., the genuineness of all Pauline letters and the historical accuracy of Acts) and quibble over specific claims (e.g., Verbrugge's insisting, against the majority commentary tradition, that verbs and verbals in 2 Corinthians 8-9, except for one, lack imperatival force; although Verbrugge's analysis persuades me and shows how Paul's leadership style varied as needed).
The appeal to the Humean of the imperatival interpretation of phenomenology should be obvious.
Put on [indue] the soul of a great man." Likewise, in a similitudo, Seneca combines the idem-facere image-hinge with the imperative: "Consider [puta] the same [idem] to happen to us." (77) The image-hinge can therefore be explicitly imperatival and other-directed, pointing to its own perlocution or effective change of receptive context, while by itself it is an instance of illocution--an act, so to speak, in saying that aims to be an act by saying (a refinement on the discussion in [section] 2).