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imperative

noun [C] (URGENT)    /ɪmˈper.ə.tɪv/ US  /-t̬ɪv/
something that is extremely important or urgent : Getting the unemployed back to work , said the minister , is a moral imperative.Important and essential thingsInformation and messages
(Definition of imperative noun (URGENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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