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imperative

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1 forcing oneʼs compliance or participation by or as if by law

  • reporting signs of physical abuse is now an imperative duty for hospital and school personnel
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2 impossible to do without

  • proper equipment is imperative for the success of this chemical experiment
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of the essence

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3 needing immediate attention

  • an imperative need for medical supplies in the earthquake-ravaged country
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masterful, domineering, imperious, peremptory, imperative mean tending to impose one's will on others. masterful implies a strong personality and ability to act authoritatively.
    • her masterful personality soon dominated the movement
domineering suggests an overbearing or arbitrary manner and an obstinate determination to enforce one's will.
    • children controlled by domineering parents
imperious implies a commanding nature or manner and often suggests arrogant assurance.
    • an imperious executive used to getting his own way
peremptory implies an abrupt dictatorial manner coupled with an unwillingness to brook disobedience or dissent.
    • given a peremptory dismissal
imperative implies peremptoriness arising more from the urgency of the situation than from an inherent will to dominate.
    • an imperative appeal for assistance

imperative

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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
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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
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