imperative mood (plural imperative moods)
- (grammar) The grammatical mood generally expressing a command, though also used to express a request or permission.
- 1591, Shakespeare, King Henry VI, part 1:
- Go to the gates of Bourdeaux, trumpeter: Summon their general unto the wall.
- 1879, Kentucky Public Documents:
- According to the definition of the imperative, this mood can express nothing but a command. Yet verbs of imperative form may also express entreaty or permission, as may, indeed, the indicative and the generally so-called potential.