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imperative

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From Latin imperātīvus.

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imperative (comparative more imperative, superlative most imperative)

  1. essential
    It is imperative that you come here right now.
  2. (computing theory) Having a semantics that incorporates mutable variables.
  3. (grammar) of, or relating to the imperative mood
  4. Expressing a command; authoritatively or absolutely directive.
    imperative orders
    • Bishop Hall
      The suits of kings are imperative.

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NounEdit

imperative (countable and uncountable, plural imperatives)

  1. (uncountable, grammar) 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.
    The verbs in sentences like "Do it!" and "Say what you like!" are in the imperative.
  2. (countable, grammar) A verb in imperative mood.
  3. (countable) An essential action, a must: something which is imperative.
    Visiting Berlin is an imperative.
    • 2014 March 1, Rupert Christiansen, “English translations rarely sing”, The Daily Telegraph (Review), page R19:
      Anything grandiose or historically based tends to sound flat and banal when it reaches English, partly because translators get stuck between contradictory imperatives: juggling fidelity to the original sense with what is vocally viable, they tend to resort to a genteel fustian which lacks either poetic resonance or demotic realism, adding to a sense of artificiality rather than enhancing credibility.

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ItalianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

imperative f pl

  1. feminine plural of imperativo

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LatinEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From imperātīvus (commanded), from imperō (command, order), from im- (form of in) + parō (prepare, arrange; intend).

AdverbEdit

imperātīvē (not comparable)

  1. In an imperative manner, imperatively.

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ReferencesEdit

  • imperative in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879