imperative mood, imperative, jussive mood, imperative form(noun)
a mood that expresses an intention to influence the listener's behavior
some duty that is essential and urgent
requiring attention or action
"as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative"; "requests that grew more and more imperative"
relating to verbs in the imperative mood
It is imperative that you come here right now.
Having a semantics that incorporates mutable variables.
An essential action, a must: something which is imperative.
Visiting Berlin is an imperative.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
In the strict sense, absolute, free from all limitation or control, and supreme, superior to all, can not properly be said of any being except the divine. Both words are used, however, in a modified sense, of human authorities; absolute then signifying free from limitation by other authority, and supreme exalted over all other; as, an absolute monarch, the supreme court. Absolute, in this use, does not necessarily carry any unfavorable sense, but as absolute power in human hands is always abused, the unfavorable meaning predominates. Autocratic power knows no limits outside the ruler's self; arbitrary power, none outside the ruler's will or judgment, arbitrary carrying the implication of wilfulness and capriciousness. Despotic is commonly applied to a masterful or severe use of power, which is expressed more decidedly by tyrannical. Arbitrary may be used in a good sense; as, the pronunciation of proper names is arbitrary; but the bad sense is the prevailing one; as, an arbitrary proceeding. Irresponsible power is not necessarily bad, but eminently dangerous; an executor or trustee should not be irresponsible; an irresponsible ruler is likely to be tyrannical. A perfect ruler might be irresponsible and not tyrannical. Authoritative is used always in a good sense, implying the right to claim authority; imperative, peremptory, and positive are used ordinarily in the good sense; as, an authoritative definition; an imperative demand; a peremptory command; positive instructions; imperious signifies assuming and determined to command, rigorously requiring obedience. An imperious demand or requirement may have in it nothing offensive; it is simply one that resolutely insists upon compliance, and will not brook refusal; an arrogant demand is offensive by its tone of superiority, an arbitrary demand by its unreasonableness; an imperious disposition is liable to become arbitrary and arrogant. A person of an independent spirit is inclined to resent an imperious manner in any one, especially in one whose superiority is not clearly recognized. Commanding is always used in a good sense; as, a commanding appearance; a commanding eminence. Compare DOGMATIC; INFINITE; PERFECT.
absolute, arbitrary, arrogant, authoritative, autocratic, coercive, commanding, compulsive, compulsory, controlling, despotic, dictatorial, dogmatic, domineering, exacting, haughty, imperious, irresponsible, lordly, overbearing, peremptory, positive, supreme, tyrannical, unconditional, unequivocal
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How to use imperative in a sentence?
Nobody could possibly fill the shoes of Congressman John Lewis, john Lewis leadership and fighting spirit is needed now more than ever in this country. I believe it is imperative that we choose someone with a long track record of fearlessly standing up for what is right and someone who will take on the endless attacks on our rights that we've grown accustomed to seeing from the Republican Party.
The chance of having a weather-related food shock is increasing, and the size of that shock is also increasing, and as these events become more frequent, the imperative for doing something about it becomes even greater.
It is imperative to master the principles of the art of war and learn to be unmoved in mind even in the heat of battle.
We could have expressed our differences with China without burning the relationship, the current government in Canberra believes it is imperative to get close to Washington and they believe the way to do that is to be the most anti-China of America's allies.
I fear that Section 230's sweeping liability protections for Big Tech are stifling true diversity of political discourse on the internet, on the eve of a momentous and highly charged election, it is imperative that this committee of jurisdiction and the American people receive a full accounting from the heads of these companies about their content moderation practices.
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- أساسي أو ضروريArabic
- unverzichtbar, wesentlich, essentiell, essenziell, Muss, notwendigGerman
- välttämätön, imperatiivinen, käskeväFinnish
- impératif, indispensable, essentielFrench
- àithneachScottish Gaelic
- mikilvægur, nauðsynIcelandic
- necessario, imperativo, necessariaItalian
- necessum, opus, necessus, necessitas, imperativeLatin
- must, noodzakelijkDutch
- обязательный, повелительный, императивRussian
- mecburi, zorunluluk, mecburiyet, zorunluTurkish
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