Definition of 'imperative'
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So there is a financial imperative to keep shuttling patients through hospitals. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Solving this problem is a social imperative and a business responsibility which we all must shoulder. Times, Sunday Times (2011)This was coupled with a political imperative to appease employers. Times, Sunday Times (2015)What has been missing is the economic imperative for change. Times, Sunday Times (2014)They have become an imperative for survival. Times, Sunday Times (2011)It is not just a financial imperative but a moral one. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Having a website is imperative for any business that wants to grow. The Sun (2012)This is not a political imperative driven by government. Times, Sunday Times (2012)There is an economic imperative behind this. Times, Sunday Times (2014) Financial imperatives seem to be far from the driving forces behind his career. Times, Sunday Times (2014)For me this is both an ethical imperative and good business practice. Times, Sunday Times (2013)There is a strong political imperative behind this veto. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The perceived economic imperative was always to feed the nation. Food Watch (1994)Such challenges constitute the political imperative of deconstruction. Foucault and Derrida - The Other Side Of Reason (1990)The economic and moral imperative for action is too urgent. Times, Sunday Times (2010)It directed the traffic of history in obedience to political imperatives. A TALE OF FOUR HOUSES: Opera at Covent Garden, La Scala, Vienna and the Met since 1945 (2003)We are often reminded of the financial imperatives which drive early modern writers in search of audiences or patrons. The Times Literary Supplement (2012)It is now a business imperative to retain women beyond their early thirties and enable them to progress to partnership. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Profit has become the basic imperative. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Conventional improvements had become an imperative. Preventing World War III - A Realistic Grand Strategy (1988)Maybe financial imperatives hurried things along. Times, Sunday Times (2010)They make reforms in criminal Justice imperative and urgent. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Given lower sales forecasts, protecting margin is now the business imperative to maintain profits and cash. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It's horrific but the health of the Republic is an urgent imperative. Earthly Powers: Religion and Politics in Europe from the Enlightenment to the Great War (2005)In this rapidly changing landscape of risk and opportunity, sustainability becomes an imperative, not an option for success. Times, Sunday Times (2010)
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Translations for 'imperative'
British English: imperative ADJECTIVE
If it is imperative that something is done, that thing is extremely important and must be done.
It was imperative that he act as naturally as possible.
British English: imperative NOUN
An imperative is something that is extremely important and must be done.
The most important political imperative is to limit the number of casualties.
Definition of imperative from the Collins English Dictionary
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