imperative

When something absolutely has to be done and cannot be put off, use the adjective imperative.

Imperative is from Latin imperare "to command," and its original use was for a verb form expressing a command: "Do it!" is an imperative sentence. It's still used that way, but it's more commonly applied to something so pressing it cannot be put off: "Hiring new workers has become imperative." It has more immediate force than pressing but less than urgent.

Primary Meanings of imperative

1.
adjn
requiring attention or action
some duty that is essential and urgent
2.
adjn
relating to verbs in the imperative mood
a mood that expresses an intention to influence the listener's behavior
Full Definitions of imperative
1

adj requiring attention or action

“as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative
“requests that grew more and more imperative
Synonyms:
assertive, self-asserting, self-assertive
aggressively self-assured
adjuratory
containing a solemn charge or command
clamant, crying, exigent, insistent, instant
demanding attention
peremptory
not allowing contradiction or refusal
desperate
showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire
pressing, urgent
compelling immediate action
shrill, strident
being sharply insistent on being heard
Antonyms:
beseeching, imploring, pleading
begging
adjuratory
earnestly or solemnly entreating
importunate
expressing earnest entreaty
mendicant
practicing beggary
petitionary
of the nature of or expressing a petition
precative, precatory
expressing entreaty or supplication
suppliant, supplicant, supplicatory
humbly entreating
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n some duty that is essential and urgent

Type of:
duty, obligation, responsibility
the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force
2

adj relating to verbs in the imperative mood

n a mood that expresses an intention to influence the listener's behavior

Synonyms:
imperative form, imperative mood, jussive mood
Type of:
modality, mode, mood
verb inflections that express how the action or state is conceived by the speaker

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