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im·per·a·tive

imperative

 
 
pronunciation:
ihm per tihv
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: very important; urgent.
It is imperative that you return today.
synonyms:
critical, crucial, essential, indispensable, urgent, vital
antonyms:
optional, unimportant
similar words:
compulsory, inevitable, necessary
definition 2: of or describing the mood of the verb used to make demands or give orders.
In the sentence, "Come here!" the verb "come" is imperative.
derivations: imperatively (adv.), imperativeness (n.)
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The word imperative contains the following part:
-ive, -ative Latin adjective-forming suffix that means tending to, connected with, or performing
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The suffix -ive , -ative turns Latinate verb bases into adjectives. Many adjectives ending in -ive , -ative have corresponding noun forms ending in -ity (objective , objectivity) or -ion (effusive, effusion).