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 for imperative
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Imperative \Im*per"a*tive\, n. (Gram.)
     The imperative mood; also, a verb in the imperative mood.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Imperative \Im*per"a*tive\, a. [L. imperativus, fr. imperare to
     command; pref. im- in + parare to make ready, prepare: cf. F.
     imp['e]ratif. See Perade, and cf. Empire.]
     1. Expressive of command; containing positive command;
        authoritatively or absolutely directive; commanding;
        authoritative; as, imperative orders.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              The suit of kings are imperative.     --Bp. Hall.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Not to be avoided or evaded; obligatory; binding;
        compulsory; as, an imperative duty or order.
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     3. (Gram.) Expressive of command, entreaty, advice, or
        exhortation; as, the imperative mood.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  imperative
      adj 1: requiring attention or action; "as nuclear weapons
             proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative";
             "requests that grew more and more imperative" [ant:
             beseeching, imploring, pleading]
      2: relating to verbs in the imperative mood
      n 1: a mood that expresses an intention to influence the
           listener's behavior [syn: imperative mood, imperative,
           jussive mood, imperative form]
      2: some duty that is essential and urgent

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  256 Moby Thesaurus words for "imperative":
     absolute, absolutist, absolutistic, acid, acute, allegiance,
     arbitrary, aristocratic, arrogant, ascendant, assigned task,
     authoritarian, authoritative, authorized, autocratic, basic,
     behest, bidding, binding, biting, bossy, bounden duty, burden,
     burning, business, call of duty, canon, case of need, charge,
     choiceless, claimed, clamant, clamorous, clothed with authority,
     coactive, code, command, commanding, commandment, commitment,
     compelling, competent, compulsatory, compulsive, compulsory,
     conclusive, conditional, consequential, considerable, constraining,
     controlling, convention, corrosive, critical, crucial, crying,
     cutting, de rigueur, decisive, decretal, decretive, decretory,
     dedication, deference, demanded, despotic, devoir, devotion,
     dictate, dictated, dictating, dictation, dictatorial, dictum,
     dire necessity, direct order, directive, dogmatic, dominant,
     domineering, driving, duly constituted,
     duties and responsibilities, duty, effective, eminent, empowered,
     entailed, essential, ethics, ex officio, exigence, exigency,
     exigent, fealty, feudal, final, forceful, forcible, form, formula,
     fundamental, general principle, golden rule, governing, great,
     grinding, guideline, guiding principle, gutsy, hard-and-fast,
     harsh, hegemonic, hegemonistic, hest, high-handed, high-pressure,
     high-priority, homage, immediacy, imperativeness, imperial,
     imperious, important, importunate, imposed, impressive, incisive,
     indicative, indispensable, inevitable, influential, insistent,
     instant, instructive, involuntary, irresistible, irrevocable,
     jussive, law, leading, line of duty, lordly, loyalty, magisterial,
     magistral, mandated, mandating, mandatory, masterful,
     matter of necessity, maxim, mighty, mission, mitzvah, mode,
     momentous, monocratic, mood, moral, mordant, must, necessary,
     necessitous, nervous, norm, obligating, obligation, obligative,
     obligatory, official, onus, oppressive, optative, order, ordering,
     ordinance, ought, overbearing, overruling, penetrating, peremptory,
     permissive, piercing, pivotal, place, pleasure, poignant, potent,
     potential, powerful, preceptive, predicament, preeminent,
     prerequisite, prescript, prescriptive, pressing, pressingness,
     pressure, prestigious, principium, principle, prominent, puissant,
     punchy, ranking, regulation, repressive, required, requisite,
     respect, restraining, rubric, rule, ruling, say-so,
     self-imposed duty, senior, sensational, settled principle, severe,
     sinewed, sinewy, slashing, special order, standard, stern, strict,
     striking, strong, subjunctive, substantial, superior, suppressive,
     supreme, telling, tenet, totalitarian, trenchant, tyrannical,
     tyrannous, ultimate, urgency, urgent, urgent need, vigorous, vital,
     weighty, will, without appeal, without choice, word,
     word of command, working principle, working rule
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  imperative language
  imperative
  imperative programming
  
      Any programming language that specifies explicit
     manipulation of the state of the computer system, not to be
     confused with a procedural language, which specifies an
     explicit sequence of steps to perform.
  
     An example of an imperative (but non-procedural) language is a
     data manipulation language for a relational database
     management system.  This specifies changes to the database
     but does not necessarily require anyone to specify a sequence
     of steps.
  
     Both contrast with declarative languages, which specify
     neither explicit state manipulation nor a sequence of steps.
  
     (2007-10-02)
  

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