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Synonyms for imperative
ɪmˈpɛr ə tɪv

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. imperative mood, imperative, jussive mood, imperative form(noun)

    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. imperative(adj)

    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. imperative(adj)

    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. imperative(adj)

    relating to verbs in the imperative mood

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


  1. imperative(noun)

    imperative mood

  2. imperative(noun)


    It is imperative that you come here right now.

    imperative mood

  3. imperative(noun)

    Having a semantics that incorporates mutable variables.

    imperative mood

  4. imperative(noun)

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. imperative(a.)

    commanding, authoritative, peremptory

  2. imperative(a.)

    binding, obligatory

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. imperative(a)

    binding, compulsory, obligatory, imperious, peremptory

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How to use imperative in a sentence?

  1. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Women's natural and significant task lies upon a moral imperative, to nourish and educate children for a sober and disciplined generation, but most women became involved in their legal rights, out of that obligation. Consequently, they face the collapse of both ways, neither having the rights nor a moral imperative; thus, they stand on an awkward stage.

  2. Tony Serra:

    This was not a plea entered into because of legal necessity. We had from my perspective and from many lawyers' perspectives, we had viable defenses, this is a plea that's been entered into as a moral imperative to eliminate all the trauma and pain and suffering that everyone who touches this case endures.

  3. Carmen Aristegui:

    There was a request that this work was not put out on MVS. There was a really tense and complex situation between us. Not in an imposing or imperative tone, more an attempt for me to 'show understanding'.

  4. Nancy Pelosi:

    But you know the thing is that this points to the larger issue: Where are the ethics in all of this? this is not a market opportunity for business, it is a moral imperative for public health in our country. The last thing we need is political interference into science.

  5. Bill de Blasio:

    It was imperative that we get the marriage license system up and running, we focused our resources on developing this part first.

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    Synonym for Oxymoron
    • A. Contradictory
    • B. Stupid
    • C. Ignorant
    • D. Demented

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