imperative


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Related to imperative: imperative mood, hypothetical imperative
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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.
There was nothing feminine in the way she handled him; her method was imperative and masculine.
And so, when Mister Haggin, or God, or call it what one will with the limitations of language, picked Jerry up with imperative abruptness, tucked him under his arm, and stepped into the whaleboat, whose black crew immediately bent to the oars, Jerry was instantly and nervously aware that the unusual had begun to happen.
I didn't have the carfare, and I live across the Bay," Martin answered bluntly, with the idea of showing them his imperative need for the money.
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.
Imperative anxieties forced him to say, in Francine's presence, what he had hoped to say to Emily privately.
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.
Men stepped forth to hail cabs or cars, raising their fingers in varied forms of polite request or imperative demand.
As that gentleman happened at the moment to be staring me squarely in the face as I stood by the roadside it was not altogether clear whether he was addressing me or his beasts; nor could I say if they were named Fuddy and Duddy and were both subjects of the imperative verb "to gee-up.
Father came of stout old Mayflower* stock, and the blood was imperative in him.
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.
You are so impatient, sir, you would come at the infinitive mood before you can get to the imperative.
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.
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.