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- It is imperative that you come here right now.
- (grammar) of, or relating to the imperative mood
- (computing theory) Having a semantics that incorporates mutable variables.
- Expressing a command; authoritatively or absolutely directive.
- imperative orders
- Bishop Hall
- The suits of kings are imperative.
grammar: of, or relating to the imperative mood
computing: having semantics that incorporates mutable variables
- (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.
- (countable, grammar) A verb in imperative mood.
- (countable) An essential action, a must: something which is imperative.
- Visiting Berlin is an imperative.
2014 March 1, Rupert Christiansen, “English translations rarely sing”, in 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.
- (grammatical mood) imperative mood
imperative mood — see imperative mood
imperative f pl
imperātīvē (not comparable)