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- adj. Of or pertaining to the imperative mood
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the imperative mood.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In grammar, belonging or peculiar to the imperative mode.
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In addition to using an assertion sign, Reichenbach also uses indicators of interrogative and imperatival force.
Understood in this weak way, it is unexceptionable to construe the interrogative mood as used for asking questions, the imperatival mood as used for issuing commands, and so on.
Nevertheless he did include some extra rules, such as a rule forbidding imperatival conclusions based on premises that include no imperatives.
This imperatival theory is positivist, for it identifies the existence of legal systems with patterns of command and obedience that can be ascertained without considering whether the sovereign has a moral right to rule or whether his commands are meritorious.
The objections to imperatival monism apply also to this more sophisticated version: the reduction misses important facts, such as the point of having a prohibition on theft.
Thus descriptive claims cannot entail the extra expressive or imperatival component that according to the non-cognitivist is part of the meaning of moral terms (Hare 1952, 32 “ 49).
But these principles require us to think of the good as somehow imperatival (nowadays we would say