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Definitionessential and urgent
or more rarely: (in grammar) a sentence that expresses a command or request
- Pearl, looking at this bright wonder of a house began to caper and dance, and imperatively required that the whole breadth of sunshine should be stripped off its front, and given her to play with.Chapter 7 -- The Governor's Hall (49% in)
- "I profess, madam," answered the clergyman, with a grave obeisance, such as the lady's rank demanded, and his own good breeding made imperative—"I profess, on my conscience and character, that I am utterly bewildered as touching the purport of your words!Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (66% in)
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