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Meaning & Definition of Imperative in English

English

Imperative

/ɪmpɛrətɪv/

noun

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

    synonym:
  • imperative mood
  • ,
  • imperative
  • ,
  • jussive mood
  • ,
  • imperative form

2. Some duty that is essential and urgent

    synonym:
  • imperative

adjective

1. Requiring attention or action

  • "As nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative"
  • "Requests that grew more and more imperative"
    synonym:
  • imperative

2. Relating to verbs in the imperative mood

    synonym:
  • imperative