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imperative
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

2 uses
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Definition
essential and urgent

or more rarely:   (in grammar) a sentence that expresses a command or request
  • It was imperative that we should stay together a little while, to avoid the scandal to you that would have resulted from our immediate parting.
    5 — The Woman Pays (19% in)
  • It was imperative that she should go home.
    6 — The Convert (65% in)

There are no more uses of "imperative" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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