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Synonyms for imperative

Synonyms for imperative

compelling immediate attention

imposed on one by authority, command, or convention

an act or course of action that is demanded of one, as by position, custom, law, or religion

Synonyms for imperative

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

some duty that is essential and urgent

requiring attention or action

relating to verbs in the imperative mood

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Her eyes flashed as on the day before, and he saw again the imperative expression on her face.
He possessed a dim, vague, imperative knowingness that it was not merely not good, but supremely disastrous, leading to the mistily glimpsed sense of utter endingness for a dog, for any dog, to go into the water where slipped and slid and noiselessly paddled, sometimes on top, sometimes emerging from the depths, great scaly monsters, huge-jawed and horribly-toothed, that snapped down and engulfed a dog in an instant just as the fowls of Mister Haggin snapped and engulfed grains of corn.
A single warrior stood sleepy guard beside the fire that yellow eyes out of the darkness beyond the camp made imperative.
Perched on the rim of Michael's pannikin, this inconsiderable adventurer from out of the dark into the sun of life, a mere spark and mote between the darks, by a ruffing of his salmon-pink crest, a swift and enormous dilation of his bead-black pupils, and a raucous imperative cry, as of all the gods, in his throat, could make Michael give back and permit the fastidious selection of the choicest tidbits of his dish.
Her return to me, under these circumstances, was simply a question of time: any duty which she had once undertaken was an imperative duty in her estimation, no matter how trifling it might be.
Urged by a sudden, imperative impulse to deliver my son from that contaminating influence, I caught him up in my arms and carried him with me out of the room.
The homeward march being somewhat tardy,--owing to the un- soldierlike behaviour of certain corporals, who, being gentlemen of sedentary pursuits in private life and excitable out of doors, broke several windows with their bayonets, and rendered it imperative on the commanding officer to deliver them over to a strong guard, with whom they fought at intervals as they came along,--it was nine o'clock when the locksmith reached home.
The CHAIRMAN felt it his imperative duty to demand of the honourable gentleman, whether he had used the expression which had just escaped him in a common sense.
There was something so imperative and masterful about him that I was quite beside myself--"rattled," as Furuseth would have termed it, like a quaking child before a stern school-master.
This time Wolf Larsen's command was thrillingly imperative.
In this regard, Fitri, Hilman [3] argues that the speech act imperative to have a different shape depending on the Qur'an so often imperative not use the original meaning but uses a meaning other resulting in a difference of opinion in determining whether related or which is not related to legal matters syar'i.
CDATA[ It is imperative we condemn attacks by Jewish extremists and distance ourselves from them.
Ending Extreme Poverty: A Moral and Spiritual Imperative notes that remarkable progress has been made in reducing extreme poverty.
Lost in the first chapter of The Moral Imperative on a flight from Austin to Albuquerque, I felt a slight tug on my sleeve accompanied by a distinctly Scottish accent: "Sorry to bother, but I just had to ask: what is a moral imperative?
Gaelectric, Irish renewable energy group has bought Imperative Energy, a supplier of biomass energy solutions in Ireland and the United Kingdom.