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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Something that must be done urgently. The form of a verb that expresses an order.

Usage examples (36)
  • Every man has his own destiny; the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.
  • A long-term imperative, but a short-term challenge.
  • As nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative
  • In traditional tragedy, these are prescriptives; the imperative is absolute -- must, not should. for more
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