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Another word for imperative

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Adjective
  1. Compelling immediate attention

      1. Of the utmost seriousness or importance
      2. Characterized by intense emotion; passionate:
      3. Marked by flames or intense heat:
      1. That demands action or attention.
      2. That deserves rebuke or censure.
      3. Abominable; reprehensible:
      1. Warning of or having dreadful or terrible consequences; calamitous:
      2. Calling for quick action; urgent
      3. Arousing terror or causing extreme distress; dreadful; terrible
      1. Rising above a surrounding medium, especially a fluid.
      2. Of or relating to aquatic plants such as cattails or rushes that are rooted below a body of water or in an area that is periodically submerged but extend above the water level.
      3. Relating to an exceptionally tall tree whose crown extends well above the level of the upper canopy.
      1. Requiring immediate action; pressing:
      2. Calling for immediate action or attention; urgent; critical
      3. Having or making urgent demands; demanding:
      1. Quickly and easily resolved or determined:
      2. Occurring at once; immediate:
      3. (Archaic) Urgent; pressing
      1. Demanding immediate attention; urgent:
      2. Very earnest or insistent:
      3. Persistent in request or demand; insistent
      1. Compelling immediate action or attention; pressing.
      2. Conveying a sense of pressing importance:
      3. Calling for haste, immediate action, etc.; grave; pressing
    See also:

    big

  2. Imposed on one by authority, command, or convention

    See also:

    obligation

Noun
  1. An act or course of action that is demanded of one, as by position, custom, law, or religion

      1. A source of great worry or stress; weight:
      2. Something that is emotionally difficult to bear.
      3. Anything one has to bear or put up with; heavy load, as of work, duty, responsibility, or sorrow
      1. Expense; cost:
      2. The maximum or necessary quantity, as of fuel, that a container or apparatus is built to hold; also, the actual quantity held
      3. Care; custody:
      1. Something pledged, especially an engagement by contract involving financial obligation.
      2. Official consignment by court order of a person as to prison or a mental hospital
      3. A financial liability undertaken, as an agreement to buy or sell securities
      1. An act or a course of action that is required of one by position, social custom, law, or religion:
      2. A measure of efficiency expressed as the amount of work done per unit of energy used.
      3. The application of something for a purpose; use:
      1. The unfermented or fermenting juice expressed from fruit, especially grapes.
      2. A state of frenzy in animals, esp. in the male elephant, usually associated with sexual heat
      3. Something that is absolutely required or indispensable:
      1. Necessity or obligation created by some situation
      2. A lack of something useful, required, or desired
      3. A condition or situation in which something must be supplied in order for a certain condition to be maintained or a desired state to be achieved:
      1. The constraining power of a promise, contract, law, or sense of duty:
      2. The state, fact, or feeling of being indebted to another for a special service or favor received:
      3. A social, legal, or moral requirement, such as a duty, contract, or promise, that compels one to follow or avoid a particular course of action:
      1. Condition, quality, fact, or instance of being responsible; obligation, accountability, dependability, etc.
      2. Something for which one is responsible; a duty, obligation, or burden.
      3. (Military) The obligation to carry forward an assigned task to a successful conclusion. With responsibility goes authority to direct and take the necessary action to ensure success. (JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms).
    See also:

    obligation