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imperative

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of imperative

  1. 1 forcing one's compliance or participation by or as if by law <reporting signs of physical abuse is now an imperative duty for hospital and school personnel> Synonyms compulsory, forced, mandatory, incumbent, involuntary, necessary, nonelective, obligatory, peremptory, requiredRelated Words all-important, essential, indispensable, needed, requisite; insistent, persistent, pressing, urgent; demanded, enforced; coerciveNear Antonyms chosen, discretionary; dispensable, unnecessary, unneeded, unwanted; inconsequential, insignificant, nonessential, unimportantAntonyms elective, optional, voluntary

  2. 2 impossible to do without <proper equipment is imperative for the success of this chemical experiment> Synonyms all-important, critical, essential, indispensable, integral, must-have, necessary, necessitous, needed, needful, required, requisite, vitalRelated Words prerequisite; compulsory, mandatory, nonelective, obligatory; consequential, crucial, important, major, material, meaningful, momentous, significant, substantial, weighty; basic, central, fundamental, key, organic; insistent, persistent, pressing, urgentNear Antonyms undesired, unwanted; inconsequential, insignificant, unimportant; excess, external, extra, extraneous, superfluous, surplusAntonyms dispensable, inessential, needless, nonessential, unessential, unnecessary, unneeded

  3. 3 needing immediate attention <an imperative need for medical supplies in the earthquake-ravaged country> Synonyms burning, clamant, compelling, critical, crying, dire, emergent, exigent, acute, imperious, importunate, instant, necessitous, pressing, urgentRelated Words demanding, extreme, immediate, insistent, intense, overriding; crucial, desperate, grave, life-and-death (also life-or-death), serious, severe, vital; dangerous, explosive, hazardous, perilous, precarious, unstableNear Antonyms incidental, low-pressure, minor, negligible, trivial, unimportant; nonthreatening, safe, stableAntonyms noncritical, nonurgent




imperative

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of imperative

  1. 1 a statement of what to do that must be obeyed by those concerned <a secretary of defense who was fond of issuing harshly worded imperatives> Synonyms behest, charge, commandment, decree, dictate, direction, directive, do, edict, command, injunction, instruction, order, wordRelated Words demand, requirement; mandate; countermand, counterorder; law, precept, prescript, prescription, rule; ordinance, regulation, statuteNear Antonyms appeal, entreaty, petition, plea, urging; proposal, recommendation, suggestion

  2. 2 something one must do because of prior agreement <although he had little taste for the social imperatives that come with being governor, he put on a brave face> Synonyms burden, charge, commitment, devoir, do [archaic], duty, obligation, incumbency, need, office, responsibilityRelated Words oath, pledge, promise, troth, vow, word; arrangement, prearrangement, setup; compact, contract, covenant, pact, trust; debt, payment, tribute; compulsion, constraint, restraint; must, requirement; coercion, duress, force; appointment, engagement, reservation; burden, onusNear Antonyms grace, postponement, stay; discharge, ease, exemption, release, relief, waiver; loophole; alternative, choice, option, pick, preference, selection





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