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imperative
used in Middlemarch

6 uses
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Definition
essential and urgent

or more rarely:   (in grammar) a sentence that expresses a command or request
  • Marriage, which was to bring guidance into worthy and imperative occupation, had not yet freed her from the gentlewoman's oppressive liberty: it had not even filled her leisure with the ruminant joy of unchecked tenderness.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (51% in)
  • But Mary herself began to be more agitated by the remembrance of what she had gone through, than she had been by the reality—questioning those acts of hers which had come imperatively and excluded all question in the critical moment.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (**% in)
  • They may possibly clash with more imperative considerations.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (51% in)
  • She felt to the full all the imperativeness of the motives which urged Will's conduct.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (**% in)
  • Lydgate uttered this speech in the curt hammering way with which we usually try to nail down a vague mind to imperative facts.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (13% in)
  • "It was of no consequence then that I had told you imperative reasons of another kind; of no consequence that I had come to a different conclusion, and given an order accordingly?" said Lydgate, bitingly, the thunder and lightning gathering about his brow and eyes.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (22% in)

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