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imperative


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Imperative  \Im*per"a*tive\,  a.  [L.  imperativus  fr  imperare  to 
  command;  pref.  im-  in  +  parare  to  make  ready,  prepare:  cf  F. 
  imp['e]ratif.  See  {Perade},  and  cf  {Empire}.] 
  1.  Expressive  of  command;  containing  positive  command; 
  authoritatively  or  absolutely  directive;  commanding; 
  authoritative;  as  imperative  orders 
 
  The  suit  of  kings  are  imperative.  --Bp.  Hall. 
 
  2.  Not  to  be  avoided  or  evaded;  obligatory;  binding; 
  compulsory;  as  an  imperative  duty  or  order 
 
  3.  (Gram.)  Expressive  of  commund,  entreaty,  advice,  or 
  exhortation;  as  the  imperative  mood. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Imperative  \Im*per"a*tive\,  n.  (Gram.) 
  The  imperative  mood;  also  a  verb  in  the  imperative  mood. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  imperative 
  adj  1:  requiring  attention  or  action  "as  nuclear  weapons 
  proliferate,  preventing  war  becomes  imperative"; 
  "requests  that  grew  more  and  more  imperative"  [ant:  {beseeching}] 
  2:  (grammar)  relating  to  verbs  in  the  imperative  mood 
  n  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 




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