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  • adj. Done by express direction; not involuntary; commanded.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Done by express direction; not involuntary; communded.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Performed by a faculty other than the will, at the command of the will: opposed to elicit.


Latin imperatus, past participle of imperare to command. (Wiktionary)


  • Such are all the elicit [101] and imperate [102] acts of our understandings and wills; all actions that are voluntary, rational, and peculiarly human.


  • For they must know that an habit may continue, when it is no longer able to act; or rather the elicit, internal acts of it may be quick and vigorous, when the external, imperate acts of the same habit utterly cease: and let men but reflect upon their own observation, and consider impartially with themselves, how few in the world they have known made better by age.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. II.


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  • imperate = command, rule or govern (OED).

    December 3, 2016