Definition of imperatival in English:

imperatival

adjective

  • See imperative

    • ‘Thus descriptive claims cannot entail the extra expressive or imperatival component that according to the non-cognitivist is part of the meaning of moral terms.’
    • ‘But the imperatival character of this law is only felt in our feeling constrained to do some specific action, and is not separable from this.’
    • ‘The relationship of hierarchies of imperatival policies to responsibility, and to authority policies, is discussed.’
    • ‘The infinitive is most likely imperatival, an uncommon infinitive in the New Testament.’
    • ‘On the other hand bare belief in an impersonal order of claims, while it is compatible with their absolute authority, does not provide the personal basis which their imperatival quality requires.’

Pronunciation

imperatival

/ɪmˌpɛrəˈtʌɪv(ə)l/