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imperative +‎ -ly


imperatively (comparative more imperatively, superlative most imperatively)

  1. In an imperative manner.
    • 1625, John Donne, Sermon preached 26 April, 1625, in Fifty Sermons, Volume 2, London: M.F., J. Marriot and R. Royston, 1649, Sermon 33, p. 299,[1]
      [] being a mother, and having the dignity of a Parent upon her, she does not proceed supplicatorily, she does not pray them, nor intreat them, she does not say, I would you would go forth, and I would you would looke out, but it is Egredimini, & videte, imperatively, authoritatively, Do it, you must do it: []
    • 1849, Charlotte Brontë, Shirley, Chapter 36,[2]
      Improvement is imperatively needed.
    • 1904, Joseph Conrad, Nostromo, Part 1, Chapter 7,[3]
      The military band happened to be braying operatic selections on the plaza just then, and twice he raised his hand imperatively for silence in order to listen to a favourite passage.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Chapter 13,
      --Come here, Tommy, his sister called imperatively. At once! And you, Jacky, for shame to throw poor Tommy in the dirty sand. Wait till I catch you for that.
    • 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, New York: Scribner, Chapter 1, pp. 11-12,[4]
      [] wedging his tense arm imperatively under mine, Tom Buchanan compelled me from the room as though he were moving a checker to another square.