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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR IMPERATIVENESS

The man's voice leaped to a higher pitch and was sharp with imperativeness.

There was a touch of imperativeness in the hurriedly written little note that indefinitely appealed to him.

The very homeliness and obviousness of the duty causes us often to lose sight of its imperativeness and necessity.

Both had been troubled and roused, and they were drawing together with the sharpness and imperativeness of uniting elements.

If on that subject he had only exercised the imperativeness customary with him on others, all might have been revealed.

“I shall kiss you,” he said, not in any tone of either doubt or entreaty, rather with an imperativeness that was final.

I never forgave him any of his behavior after his imperativeness on that occasion.

In it was all the imperativeness of reproof and command and all the solicitous insistence of love.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, from Late Latin imperativus "pertaining to a command," from imperatus "commanded," past participle of imperare "to command, to requisition," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + parare "prepare" (see pare).

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