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  • n. Plural form of imperative.


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  • In any case, an ideology has a dynamism, a mad energy generated by commitment to an ideal for humankind, that persuades the ideologue that the highest of moral imperatives is to do whatever is necessary for the realization of that ideal, even if that means transcending the injunctions of truth in science and philosophy while maintaining the needed façade of truthful inquiry.


  • The great tradition of political liberalism, as embodied by men like Roosevelt, the Kennedy brothers and current leaders like Russ Feingold and Chris Dodd, is based on the notion that, at times, only by government intervention can certain imperatives truly come to pass in our culture.

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  • Given that the country's short-term imperatives are rapid economic growth, social development, and the alleviation of poverty, given its acute need of global partners, and given its aspirations as a continental power, South Africa simply cannot afford an unworkable, West European-style liberal democratic agenda.

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  • The poster went viral and beyond, to the point of being widely parodied with other single-word imperatives (“Sleep”).

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  • Kant argues that moral principles must be categorical imperatives, which is to say that they must be rational requirements to which we are unconditionally subject, regardless of whatever inclinations, interests, goals, or projects we might have.


  • To be subject to imperatives is to find a constraint of action or thought in what is not immediate.

    Clarence Irving Lewis

  • "In times of unprecedented economic and financial turmoil like these, however tempting it is to focus on short-term imperatives, we cannot afford to ignore the longer term.

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  • Here is the only possible practical principle which is sufficient to furnish categorical imperatives, that is, practical laws which make action a duty.

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  • Equality and empowerment are moral imperatives, that is why throughout my life, I have fought to empower people and eliminate discrimination; race, gender, poor, rich, young and old alike. - Articles related to Ohio woman who saw Obama inauguration dies at 106

  • The four key approaches referred to as imperatives are - crafting differentiated strategies for three emerging distinct customer segments; achieving excellence in distribution by raising agency productivity; improving operational efficiency as scale increases; and capturing the health and pensions opportunity profitably. growth Agents

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