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Meaning of IMPERATIVE

Pronunciation:  im'perutiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  some duty that is essential and urgent
  2. [n]  a mood that expresses an intention to influence the listener's behavior
  3. [adj]  requiring attention or action; "as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative"; "requests that grew more and more imperative"
  4. [adj]  (grammar) relating to verbs in the imperative mood
 

IMPERATIVE is a 10 letter word that starts with I.

 

 Synonyms: adjuratory, clamant, commanding, crying, desperate, exigent, imperative mood, insistent, instant, jussive mood, peremptory, pressing, urgent
 
 Antonyms: beseeching
 
 See Also: assertive, duty, modality, mode, mood, obligation, responsibility

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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 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 commund, entreaty, advice, or
       exhortation; as, the imperative mood.
    
    
  2. \Im*per"a*tive\, n. (Gram.)
    The imperative mood; also, a verb in the imperative mood.
    
    
 
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