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Adjective
Extremely urgent or important, to the point of being impossible to do without
“Physical fitness and mental strength are imperative for reaching the summit.”
Adjective
Forcing one's compliance or participation by or as if by law
“It is imperative that you adhere to the terms of your employment.”
Adjective
Requiring immediate action
“There is an imperative need for developing technology skills and financial acumen among the world's most vulnerable.”
Adjective
Giving an authoritative command
“George was visited by the governor of the prison, who had received an imperative order for his removal.”
Noun
An essential or urgent thing or action
“Many argue that free movement of labor is an economic imperative.”
Noun
Something one must do because of prior agreement
“The government must recognize that it is their imperative to seek an exit from the crisis.”
Noun
A statement of what to do that must be obeyed by those concerned
“He issued an urgent imperative to hurry, his tone laced with panic.”
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