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Webster 1913 Edition


Imperative

Im-per′a-tive

(ĭm-pĕr′ȧ-tĭv)
,
Adj.
[L.
imperativus
, fr.
imperare
to command; pref.
im-
in +
parare
to make ready, prepare: cf. F.
impératif
. See
Perade
, and cf.
Empire
.]
1.
Expressive of command; containing positive command; authoritatively or absolutely directive; commanding; authoritative;
as,
imperative
orders
.
The suit of kings are
imperative
.
Bp. Hall.
2.
Not to be avoided or evaded; obligatory; binding; compulsory;
as, an
imperative
duty or order
.
3.
(Gram.)
Expressive of command, entreaty, advice, or exhortation;
as, the
imperative
mood
.

Im-per′a-tive

,
Noun.
(Gram.)
The imperative mood; also, a verb in the imperative mood.

Webster 1828 Edition


Imperative

IMPER'ATIVE

,
Adj.
[L. imperativus, from impero, to command. See Empire.]
1.
Commanding; expressive of command; containing positive command, as distinguished from advisory, or discretionary. The orders are imperative.
2.
In grammar, the imperative mode of a verb is that which expresses command, entreaty, advice or exhortation; as, go, write, attend.

Definition 2021


imperative

imperative

See also: impérative

English

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Adjective

imperative (comparative more imperative, superlative most imperative)

  1. essential
    It is imperative that you come here right now.
  2. (grammar) of, or relating to the imperative mood
  3. (computing theory) Having a semantics that incorporates mutable variables.
  4. Expressing a command; authoritatively or absolutely directive.
    imperative orders
    • Bishop Hall
      The suits of kings are imperative.

Translations

Noun

imperative (countable and uncountable, plural imperatives)

  1. (uncountable, grammar) 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 imperative.
  2. (countable, grammar) A verb in imperative mood.
  3. (countable) An essential action, a must: something which is imperative.
    Visiting Berlin is an imperative.
    • 2014 March 1, Rupert Christiansen, “English translations rarely sing”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review), page R19:
      Anything grandiose or historically based tends to sound flat and banal when it reaches English, partly because translators get stuck between contradictory imperatives: juggling fidelity to the original sense with what is vocally viable, they tend to resort to a genteel fustian which lacks either poetic resonance or demotic realism, adding to a sense of artificiality rather than enhancing credibility.

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Italian

Adjective

imperative f pl

  1. feminine plural of imperativo

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Latin

Alternative forms

  • inperātīvē

Etymology

From imperātīvus (commanded), from imperō (command, order), from im- (form of in) + parō (prepare, arrange; intend).

Adverb

imperātīvē (not comparable)

  1. In an imperative manner, imperatively.

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