Definitions of imperative:
  • noun:   some duty that is essential and urgent
  • noun:   a mood that expresses an intention to influence the listener's behavior
  • adjective:   relating to verbs in the imperative mood
  • adjective:   requiring attention or action
    Example: "As nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative"

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