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Definition of imperative noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(formal) a thing that is very important and needs immediate attention or action the economic imperative of quality education for all
  2. 2(grammar) the form of a verb that expresses an order; a verb in this form In “Go away!” the verb is in the imperative. “Go away!” is an imperative.
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