from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Expressing a command or plea; peremptory: requests that grew more and more imperative.
- adj. Having the power or authority to command or control.
- adj. Grammar Of, relating to, or constituting the mood that expresses a command or request.
- adj. Impossible to deter or evade; pressing: imperative needs. See Synonyms at urgent.
- n. A command; an order.
- n. An obligation; a duty: social imperatives.
- n. A rule, principle, or instinct that compels a certain behavior: a people driven to aggression by territorial imperatives.
- n. Grammar The imperative mood.
- n. Grammar A verb form of the imperative mood.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The grammatical mood expressing an order (see jussive). In English, the imperative form of a verb is the same as that of the bare infinitive.
- n. A verb in imperative mood.
- n. An essential action, a must: something which is imperative.
- adj. essential
- adj. Having a semantics that incorporates mutable variables.
- adj. of, or relating to the imperative mood
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Expressive of command; containing positive command; authoritatively or absolutely directive; commanding; authoritative.
- adj. Not to be avoided or evaded; obligatory; binding; compulsory.
- adj. Expressive of commund, entreaty, advice, or exhortation.
- n. The imperative mood; also, a verb in the imperative mood.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Expressing command; containing positive command; peremptory; absolute: as, imperative orders.
- Not to be avoided or evaded; that must be attended to or performed; obligatory; binding: as, an imperative duty or necessity.
- n. In grammar, a mode or verbal form which expresses command, entreaty, advice, or exhortation.
- n. In philosophy, a deliverance of conscience; a monition of the moral sense.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. relating to verbs in the imperative mood
- n. some duty that is essential and urgent
- n. a mood that expresses an intention to influence the listener's behavior
- adj. requiring attention or action
In traditional tragedy, these are prescriptives; the imperative is absolute -- must, not should.
The long-term imperative is to slow and reverse the spiraling national debt.
The short-term imperative is to create jobs and grow the economy.
"We have a long-term imperative to reconnect middle-class prosperity to the growing economy."
If that seems a fast-fading dream, the pressing imperative is whether to keep faith with a man warmly serenaded by Leeds supporters but barracked by his new public.
If you are Christian, your moral imperative is to be Good in the face of Evil, to the point of martyrdom if need be.
"If you are Christian, your moral imperative is to be Good in the face of Evil, to the point of martyrdom if need be."
While relieving government debt should be a medium and long term priority, addressing consumer debt is a short-term imperative.
Their immediate imperative is coexistence within the fleet, but their interest is in victory over the hostile Cylon.
That ultimately this very moral imperative taken as absolute requires that we should treat all other moral imperatives as relative until, by a process of honest inquiry, we can decide, to our honest satisfaction, that, to the best of our knowledge, the action predicated by this imperative is indeed essentially capable of being universalised.