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imperative in Grammar topic

imperativeimperative2 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1 IMMEDIATELYsomething that must be done urgently 🔊 A broad and balanced education is an imperative for raising standards.2 formalEFFECT/INFLUENCE 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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imperativeReducing air pollution has become an imperative.Having children is a biological imperative.Attitudes, relationships and administrations owed much to the ethical imperatives of the playing fields.His first imperative always has been political survival.In Keynes's view, the great imperative was public works.Here the world system is perceived in terms of the strategic imperatives posed by geography.Lianne, a physician, should have known better than to ignore the Touch / Training imperatives.Often, however, the two imperatives will be in conflict.moral imperativeBut it is also a moral imperative.Sometimes there's a moral imperative and you feel everything building up behind you that you have to do it.Are moral imperatives stronger than political power?These include the idea of shadow sickness and the moral imperative to keep going-and for others to do so.None the less, the moral imperatives that are intrinsic to the student role will always reassert themselves.That the moral imperative was not a sufficient condition has already been remarked upon.If there are no absolutes or eternal values, then the moral imperative behind such movements evaporates into thin air.If we proceed from prudential to moral imperatives, will the conditions of the choice be fundamentally changed?