(noun, adjective)


1. requiring attention or action

- as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative

- requests that grew more and more imperative

Similar word(s): assertive, adjuratory, clamant, crying, exigent, insistent, instant, peremptory, desperate, pressing, urgent, shrill, strident

2. relating to verbs in the imperative mood

Sentences with imperative as an adjective:

- It is imperative that you come here right now.

- imperative orders


1. a mood that expresses an intention to influence the listener's behavior

Definition categories: link, modality, mode, mood

2. some duty that is essential and urgent

Definition categories: act, duty, obligation, responsibility

Sentences with imperative as a noun:

- The verbs in sentences like "Do it!" and "Say what you like!" are in the imperative.

- Visiting Berlin is an imperative.