2 noun
imperative2 [countable]
1 something that must be done urgently:
A broad and balanced education is an imperative for raising standards.
2 formal an idea or belief that has a strong influence on people, making them behave in a particular way:
Sharing food is the most important moral imperative in Semai society.
3 technicalSLG the form of a verb that expresses an order. For example, in the order 'come here', 'come' is in the imperative

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