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
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
- a US /ɪmˈpɛɹ.ə.tɪv/
- 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.
- An essential action, a must: something which is imperative.
- Visiting Berlin is an imperative.
- Dutch: gebiedende wijs
- Faroese: boðsháttur
- Finnish: imperatiivi
- French: impératif
- German: Imperativ , Befehlsform
- Hungarian: felszólító mód, imperativusz
- Icelandic: boðháttur
- Italian: imperativo
- Japanese: (, meireihō)
- Latin: imperativus
- Polish: imperatyw
- Russian: повелительное наклонение (povelítel'noje naklonénie)
- Slovene: velelnik
- Spanish: imperativo
- Swedish: imperativ
Imperative can mean:
imperative in German: Imperativ
imperative in French: Impératif
imperative in Russian: Императив
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