imperative

  • 1 Imperative — Im*per a*tive, a. [L. imperativus, fr. imperare to command; pref. im in + parare to make ready, prepare: cf. F. imp[ e]ratif. See {Perade}, and cf. {Empire}.] 1. Expressive of command; containing positive command; authoritatively or absolutely… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Imperative — can mean: *Imperative mood, a grammatical mood expressing commands, direct requests, and prohibitions *Imperative programming, a programming paradigm in computer science *Moral imperative, a philosophical concept relating to obligation …

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  • 3 imperative — I adjective compulsory, critical, crucial, demanding, essential, exigent, impero, indispensable, mandatory, necessary, needful, obligatory, pressing, required, requiring immediate attention, requisite, unavoidable, urgent associated concepts:… …

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  • 4 imperative — [im per′ə tiv] adj. [LL imperativus, commanding < pp. of L imperare, to command: see EMPEROR] 1. having the nature of, or indicating, power or authority; commanding [an imperative gesture] 2. absolutely necessary; urgent; compelling [it is… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Imperative — Im*per a*tive, n. (Gram.) The imperative mood; also, a verb in the imperative mood. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 imperative — [adj1] necessary acute, burning, clamant, clamorous, compulsory, critical, crucial, crying, essential, exigent, immediate, important, importunate, indispensable, inescapable, insistent, instant, no turning back*, obligatory, pressing, urgent,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 imperative — 1 peremptory, imperious, *masterful, domineering Analogous words: commanding, ordering, bidding (see COMMAND vb): magisterial, *dictatorial, dogmatic, oracular: arbitrary, autocratic, despotic (see ABSOLUTE) Contrasted words: supplicating or… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 imperative — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of vital importance. 2) giving an authoritative command. 3) Grammar denoting the mood of a verb that expresses a command or exhortation, as in come here! ► NOUN ▪ an essential or urgent thing. DERIVATIVES imperatively adverb …

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  • 9 imperative — I adj. 1) imperative to + inf. (it is imperative to act now) 2) imperative that + clause; subj. (it is imperative that you be/should be present) II n. 1) a moral imperative 2) an imperative that + clause; subj. (it is a moral imperative that no… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 imperative — I UK [ɪmˈperətɪv] / US adjective 1) formal extremely important and urgent Long term investing is risky, and careful planning is imperative. it is imperative (that): It is imperative that these claims are dealt with quickly. it is imperative to do …

    English dictionary

  • 11 imperative — im|per|a|tive1 [ ım perətıv ] adjective 1. ) FORMAL extremely important and urgent: Long term investing is risky, and careful planning is imperative. it is imperative (that): It is imperative that these claims are dealt with quickly. it is… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 imperative — [[t]ɪmpe̱rətɪv[/t]] imperatives 1) ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ If it is imperative that something is done, that thing is extremely important and must be done. [FORMAL] It was imperative that he act as naturally as possible... That s why it is… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 imperative — im|per|a|tive1 [ımˈperətıv] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Late Latin; Origin: imperativus, from Latin imperatus, past participle of imperare to command ] 1.) extremely important and needing to be done or dealt with immediately ▪ It is imperative that… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 imperative — 1 adjective 1 extremely important and needing to be done or dealt with immediately: it is imperative (that): It is absolutely imperative that these safety measures are implemented immediately. | it is imperative to do sth: By now, it had become… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 imperative — 1. noun /ɪmˈpɛɹ.ə.tɪv/ a) The grammatical mood expressing an order (see jussive). In English, the imperative form of a verb is the same as that of the bare infinitive. The verbs in sentences like Do it! and Say what you like! are in the… …

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  • 16 imperative — {{11}}imperative (adj.) 1520s, from L.L. imperativus pertaining to a command, from imperatus commanded, pp. of imperare to command, to requisition, from assimilated form of in into, in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + parare prepare (see PARE (Cf. pa …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 17 imperative — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English imperatyf, from Late Latin imperativus, from Latin imperatus, past participle of imperare to command more at emperor Date: 15th century 1. a. of, relating to, or constituting the grammatical mood that… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 imperative — im·per·a·tive || ɪm perÉ™tɪv n. necessity, obligation; command, order; imperative mood, form used when making an order or request (Grammar); verb in the imperative mood (Grammar) adj. necessary, obligatory; commanding; of the imperative mood …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 19 imperative — imperatively, adv. imperativeness, n. /im per euh tiv/, adj. 1. absolutely necessary or required; unavoidable: It is imperative that we leave. 2. of the nature of or expressing a command; commanding. 3. Gram. noting or pertaining to the mood of… …

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  • 20 impérative — ● impératif, impérative adjectif (bas latin imperativus, du latin classique imperare, commander) Qui exprime un ordre absolu : Les conditions impératives de l armistice. Qui a le caractère du commandement : Prendre un ton impératif. Qui s impose… …

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