the imperative


: the form that a verb or sentence has when it is expressing a command
"Eat your spinach!" is in the imperative.

Examples of the imperative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its agents need to balance the imperative of protecting the nation’s senior leaders against the public’s interest in participating in the democratic process. Editorial Board, Washington Post, 20 July 2024 Perhaps the most valuable lesson from sailing is the imperative of adaptability. Kathryn Preston, Fortune, 4 June 2024 As a result, knowledge of self became hip-hop’s consciousness, emphasizing an awareness of injustice and the imperative to address it through both personal and social transformation. Su'ad Abdul Khabeer, The Conversation, 4 Aug. 2023 During the Hoxha years, Mr. Kadare treaded carefully between artistic freedom and the imperative of survival. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 2 July 2024 The real-world stakes couldn’t be higher, and the imperative to act couldn’t be greater. Stephen Hammer, New York Daily News, 16 Jan. 2024 The liberalism of the 1960s that bequeathed us the current woke democracy brought with it in turn a veritable Third Bill of Rights, proclaiming the imperative justice of creating our own lifestyles, cultures, morality, and identity. Charles Kesler, National Review, 20 June 2024 All of that has both NASA and Boeing’s space division working hard to keep the focus on the Starliner launch, especially on the imperative of bringing Wilmore and Williams home safely. Jeffrey Kluger, TIME, 5 June 2024 Some policymakers may resist the imperative to prioritize rural issues and tackle complex problems in the countryside. Marie Hyland, Foreign Affairs, 23 May 2024

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“The imperative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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