Share this entry
hypothetical imperative Line breaks: hypo|thet¦ic¦al im|pera|tive

Entry from British & World English dictionary

Definition of hypothetical imperative in English:


A moral obligation that applies only if one desires the implicated goal.
Example sentences
  • It seems then that all hypothetical imperatives remain subjective, conditional on the individual's desires.
  • A requirement to do something in order to realize a desired state of affairs Kant calls a hypothetical imperative.
  • A categorical imperative, he argued, is fundamentally different from hypothetical imperatives that hinge on some personal desire that we have.
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources