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adjective imperative pronunciation in American English /ɪmˈperətɪv/
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    formal extremely important and urgent
    Long-term investing is risky, and careful planning is imperative.
    it is imperative (that): It is imperative that these claims are dealt with quickly.
    it is imperative to do something: It was imperative to maintain peace and stability in the region.
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