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1. imperative

adjective. ['ˌɪmˈpɛrətɪv'] requiring attention or action.

Synonyms

  • strident
  • desperate
  • clamant
  • insistent
  • self-assertive
  • instant
  • self-asserting
  • adjuratory
  • crying
  • pressing
  • peremptory
  • shrill
  • assertive
  • urgent

Antonyms

  • beseeching
  • undemanding
  • hard
  • quiet

Etymology

  • imperativus (Latin)
  • impero (Latin)

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Words that Rhyme with Imperative

  • comparative
  • narrative

Example sentences of the word imperative


1. Adjective
Wearing a golf glove during a game of golf is not absolutely imperative.

Quotes containing the word imperative


1. Humor is imperative, more important than food. You have a choice when someone dies. You can lie down or get back into life. Do something for someone else.
- Doris Roberts

2. I believe that what we get out of life is what we've set ourselves up to get, so there's no such thing as an inconsequential decision. Our destinies are the culmination of all the choices we've made along the way, which is why it's imperative to listen hard to your inner voice when it speaks up. Don't let anyone else's noise drown it out.
- Megan McCafferty, Second Helpings

3. I have no argument with those who see in organized religion a template or an imperative to live life according to a prescribed set of beliefs. Just give others the room, within the laws of civil society, to believe or not believe whatever they like.
- Michael J. Fox, Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist

2. imperative

noun. ['ˌɪmˈpɛrətɪv'] some duty that is essential and urgent.

Synonyms

  • responsibility
  • duty

Antonyms

  • cowardly
  • hopeful
  • irresolute

Etymology

  • imperativus (Latin)
  • impero (Latin)

3. imperative

noun. ['ˌɪmˈpɛrətɪv'] a mood that expresses an intention to influence the listener's behavior.

Synonyms

  • mode
  • imperative mood
  • jussive mood
  • imperative form
  • modality

Antonyms

  • noncritical
  • sporadic
  • unaggressive
  • backward

Etymology

  • imperativus (Latin)
  • impero (Latin)
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