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.’
    • ‘The relationship of hierarchies of imperatival policies to responsibility, and to authority policies, is discussed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The infinitive is most likely imperatival, an uncommon infinitive in the New Testament.’

Pronunciation

imperatival

/ɪmˌpɛrəˈtʌɪv(ə)l/