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Synonyms for imperative
ɪmˈpɛr ə tɪvim·per·a·tive

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  1. imperativenoun

    imperative mood

  2. imperativenoun


    It is imperative that you come here right now.

    imperative mood

  3. imperativenoun

    Having a semantics that incorporates mutable variables.

    imperative mood

  4. imperativenoun

    An essential action, a must: something which is imperative.

    Visiting Berlin is an imperative.

    imperative mood

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. imperative

    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

    accountable, complaisant, compliant, conditional, constitutional, contingent, docile, ductile, gentle, humble, lenient, limited, lowly, meek, mild, responsible, submissive, yielding

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. imperative

    urgent, irresistible, dictatorial, inexorable, peremptorily, compulsory, obligatory

    indulgent, lenient, mild, entreative, supplicatory, optional, discretional

Princeton's WordNet

  1. imperative mood, imperative, jussive mood, imperative formnoun

    a mood that expresses an intention to influence the listener's behavior

    imperative form, imperative mood, jussive mood

    mendicant, beseeching, petitionary, precatory, imploring, supplicant, supplicatory, adjuratory, pleading, importunate, precative, suppliant

  2. imperativeadjective

    some duty that is essential and urgent

    imperative form, imperative mood, jussive mood

    beseeching, supplicatory, mendicant, importunate, petitionary, precative, adjuratory, supplicant, imploring, precatory, suppliant, pleading

  3. imperativeadjective

    requiring attention or action

    "as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative"; "requests that grew more and more imperative"

    supplicatory, petitionary, importunate, pleading, mendicant, imploring, supplicant, adjuratory, precatory, beseeching, suppliant, precative

  4. imperativeadjective

    relating to verbs in the imperative mood

    mendicant, supplicant, precative, supplicatory, beseeching, importunate, petitionary, pleading, imploring, adjuratory, precatory, suppliant

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. imperativeadjective

    commanding, authoritative, peremptory

  2. imperativeadjective

    binding, obligatory

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. imperativeadjective

    binding, compulsory, obligatory, imperious, peremptory

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How to use imperative in a sentence?

  1. Stephanie Sinclair:

    It is a moral imperative that the international community does not abandon the women and girls of Afghanistan, every life matters, and the lives that we can save (will) better the experience of their whole family and their community.

  2. David Schwartz:

    What we hear from many of our customers is that it's imperative to keep their transactions private, process thousands every second, and accommodate every type of currency and asset imaginable.

  3. Lyall Grant:

    As the conflict in Syria enters its fifth year, the number of those killed and displaced has reached 220,000 and 7.6 million, and over 3.8 million have been forced to flee the country, we hope that this exhibition will serve as a reminder of the imperative to pursue a political solution to the conflict with utmost urgency to end the suffering of the Syrian people.

  4. New York:

    The White House, Speaker Pelosi and New York are discussing those and we believe that we must do this. We will do The White House because The White House's imperative to do The White House.

  5. Yet Boykin:

    What’s really troublesome and almost frightening to know is that we have a commander in chief who does not see the imperative of bringing the Americans home, that’s a longstanding ethos, not just of the military, but of America.

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