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Definition essential and urgent

or more rarely:   (in grammar) a sentence that expresses a command or request
  • But now, it is imperative that you understand why you cannot let Levana take you.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • In pondering how this disaster could have occurred, it is imperative to remember that lucid thought is all but impossible at 29,000 feet.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • That's what he thought of every time he left Gabby for the day, but now the notion struck him as imperative.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • No, the order is imperative.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • It was imperative that everything be relocated to a safe distance before the bio-bomb went in.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Inferior Federal Courts Imperative
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • It was imperative that the movie capture the public's imagination.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Dear Mrs. Humphrey: I write in haste, having been summoned home most urgently by a family matter which it is imperative I respond to at once.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • It was imperative I should see you this evening.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
  • Men stepped forth to hail cabs or cars, raising their fingers in varied forms of polite request or imperative demand.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • It is imperative: no atomic device must be detonated around the organisms.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Then came a man's voice, angry and imperative: "Open up or we'll break the door in!"
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • In other words, there is a time imperative, a sort of urgency as the sands run out.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • But it could do no good, and might make her still worse; and he saw that it was imperative to get her home at once.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • You are so impatient, sir, you would come at the infinitive mood before you can get to the imperative.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • It was imperative to find the humor again.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • According to William P. Foley II, the chairman of the company that owns Carl's Jr., the basic imperative of today's fast food industry is "Grow or die."
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • But when Adam had made up his mind to a measure, he was not the man to renounce it for any but imperative reasons.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • It was imperative to be as close as possible to put in motion the strategy that was rapidly coming into focus.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Imperative mood, present tense: Do not thou go home, let him not go home, let us not go home, do not ye or you go home, let not them go home.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations

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