n. having power command or control; critically importance; some duty that is essential and urgent
Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.
Sentence in Classic:
The inexperienced may see things subconsciously, yet is imperative that he should also see them CONSCIOUSLY.
Dead Souls By Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol Context
I therefore tried to raise her up, and said, as gravely as I could, that I thanked her, but my duty was imperative, and that I must go.
These two thoughts were so closely intertwined in his mind that they formed but a single one there; both were equally absorbing and imperative and ruled his slightest actions.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor Hugo Context
Thomas Nelson Page, and denouncing Senator Ben Tillman, is not only sane, but the imperative duty of thinking black men.
The Souls of Black Folk By W. E. B. Du Bois Context
A dark, wild face was seen, for a moment, to glance at the window of the house; and, as Legree opened the door, a female voice said something, in a quick, imperative tone.
Uncle Tom's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe Context
Imperative mood, present tense: Do not thou go home, let him not go home, let us not go home, do not ye or you go home, let not them go home.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens Context