AskDefine | Define imperative

Dictionary Definition

imperative adj
1 requiring attention or action; "as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative"; "requests that grew more and more imperative" [ant: beseeching]
2 relating to verbs in the imperative mood

Noun

1 a mood that expresses an intention to influence the listener's behavior [syn: imperative mood, jussive mood]
2 some duty that is essential and urgent

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • a US /ɪmˈpɛɹ.ə.tɪv/

Noun

  1. The grammatical mood expressing an order (see jussive). In English, the imperative form of a verb is the same form as that of its second person ("you") present tense.
    The verbs in sentences like "Do it!" and "Say what you like!" are in the imperative.
  2. An essential action, a must: something which is imperative.
    Visiting Berlin is an imperative.

Translations

verbal mood
essential action

Adjective

  1. essential
    It is imperative that you come here right now.
  2. Having a semantics that incorporates mutable variables.

Translations

computing

Italian

Adjective

imperative p

Extensive Definition

Imperative can mean:
imperative in German: Imperativ
imperative in French: Impératif
imperative in Russian: Императив

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