Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


It is demonstrated that they are both the imperatives of old verbs.

In these imperatives of Mrs. March's there was always much of the conditional.

All subsequent efforts fail if the border lacks in two imperatives, good drainage and a soil that is rich but not too rich.

Human nature does not like imperatives and writhes and wastes energy under them.

Tell the subjects of the imperatives and explain the forms and uses of the subjunctives.

The imperatives of thought are probably only another side of the imperatives of action.

He went ahead, the bride following next, and he kept giving a constant string of advices and imperatives.

The fakir howled out a sort of singsong dirge, which plainly had imperatives in every line of it.

Commands as to what to do are given every moment, only these imperatives are imperfectly obeyed and often changed.

We affect a tremendous and cultivated shyness and delicacy about imperatives of the most arbitrary appearance.


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).