There are 2 translations of imperative in Spanish:

imperative1

Pronunciation: /ɪmˈperətɪv/

adj

  • 1 1.1 (essential) imprescindible, fundamental it is imperative that the work be completed by Friday es imprescindible que el trabajo esté listo para el viernes
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    • The rampant smuggling once again shows how imperative and urgent it is now to bring domestic fuel prices closer to international levels.
    • We do have imperative obligations to people who are poor and in need, and no government can avoid that.
    • It is imperative you be shielded from that criticism by the very mechanism of providing this conduit for those feelings.
    1.2 [need] imperioso, imperativo 1.3 (authoritative) [formal] imperioso, imperativo
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    • The high incidence of nominalization in the CMA code completes the message of authority given by the imperative mode and its deontological orientation.
    • But then there will be an imperative demand for the local authorities to invest in skilled manpower.
    • The human desire for novelty is twinned with an equally imperative desire for continuity.
  • 2 [Linguistics/Lingüística] [mood] imperativo; [sentence] en imperativo
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    • In English the indicative mood is used to make factual statements, the subjunctive mood to indicate doubt or unlikelihood, and the imperative mood to express a command.
    • It's short and sweet, but decidedly in the imperative mood.
    • As is evident from my translation, the elision is that of an imperative verb.

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Mossos d'Esquadra is the name of the police force of the Catalan autonomous region. It has a wide range of responsibilities but the Guardia Civil and Policía Nacional also operate in Catalonia.

There are 2 translations of imperative in Spanish:

imperative2

n

  • 1 [Linguistics/Lingüística] imperativo (masculine) a verb in the imperative un verbo en (el) imperativo
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    • Noteworthy in this meditation is the use of imperatives and action verbs, which are meant to activate the believer.
    • When Anglicans and Presbyterians used direct imperatives, they have a preference for the verbs ‘help’ and ‘teach’.
    • In fields where imperatives were present in the main text (five out of ten), we recorded interviews with the authors of one of the articles.
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    • In any case, this tension between the indicative and the imperative may lead us to a fruitful discussion on the main theme of our deliberations during this conference.
    • We focused on the indicative and the imperative, the former implying fact, the latter implying authority.
    • Their relation sometimes shows that the imperative is no longer the consequence of the indicative, but an inseparable part of the kerygmatic indicative.
  • 2 (compelling need) imperativo (masculine) an economic/a moral imperative un imperativo económico/moral
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    • Tackling this pandemic is one of the most urgent moral imperatives facing the world.
    • She continued: ‘There are moral imperatives also and one of the moral imperatives here is that the vulnerable must have their basic human needs met.’
    • Such an imperative seems particularly urgent because of the vacuum at the top.

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Word of the day casquillo
m
case …
Cultural fact of the day

Mossos d'Esquadra is the name of the police force of the Catalan autonomous region. It has a wide range of responsibilities but the Guardia Civil and Policía Nacional also operate in Catalonia.