v) KEY ADJECTIVE:
- Expressing a command or plea; peremptory: requests that grew more and more imperative.
- Having the power or authority to command or control.
- Grammar Of, relating to, or constituting the mood that expresses a command or request.
- Impossible to deter or evade; pressing: imperative needs. See Synonyms at urgent.
- A command; an order.
- An obligation; a duty: social imperatives.
- A rule, principle, or instinct that compels a certain behavior: a people driven to aggression by territorial imperatives.
- The imperative mood.
- A verb form of the imperative mood.
Middle English imperatif
, relating to the imperative mood
, from Old French, from Late Latin impertvus
, from Latin impertus
, past participle of imperre
, to command
; see emperorOTHER FORMS:im·pera·tive·ly(Adverb)