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IMPERATIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does imperative mean? 

IMPERATIVE (noun)
  The noun IMPERATIVE has 2 senses:

1. a mood that expresses an intention to influence the listener's behavior
2. some duty that is essential and urgent

  Familiarity information: IMPERATIVE used as a noun is rare.


IMPERATIVE (adjective)
  The adjective IMPERATIVE has 2 senses:

1. requiring attention or action
2. relating to verbs in the imperative mood

  Familiarity information: IMPERATIVE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMPERATIVE (noun)


Sense 1imperative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A mood that expresses an intention to influence the listener's behavior

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Synonyms:

imperative; imperative form; imperative mood; jussive mood

Hypernyms ("imperative" is a kind of...):

modality; mode; mood (verb inflections that express how the action or state is conceived by the speaker)


Sense 2imperative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Some duty that is essential and urgent

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("imperative" is a kind of...):

duty; obligation; responsibility (the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force)


IMPERATIVE (adjective)


Sense 1imperative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Requiring attention or action

Context examples:

as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative / requests that grew more and more imperative

Similar:

shrill; strident (being sharply insistent on being heard)

pressing; urgent (compelling immediate action)

desperate (showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire)

peremptory (not allowing contradiction or refusal)

clamant; crying; exigent; insistent; instant (demanding attention)

adjuratory (containing a solemn charge or command)

Also:

assertive (inclined to bold and confident assertion; aggressively self-assured)

Antonym:

beseeching (begging)


Sense 2imperative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relating to verbs in the imperative mood

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Domain category:

grammar (the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics or morphology))

Pertainym:

imperative mood (a mood that expresses an intention to influence the listener's behavior)


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