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Imperative can mean:
- Imperative mood, a grammatical mood expressing commands, direct requests, and prohibitions
- Imperative programming, a programming paradigm in computer science
- Imperative logic
- Moral imperative, a philosophical concept relating to obligation
- Categorical imperative, central philosophical concept in the moral philosophy of Immanuel Kant
- Hypothetical imperative, introduced by Immanuel Kant as a commandment of reason that applies only conditionally
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