(of a form of a verb) expressing a command.

Mid 19th century: from Latin juss- ‘commanded’ (from the verb jubere) + -ive.


“Go, go, go!” is well documented in film as the appropriate jussive verb usage at the start of an attack. It is not documented why three repetitions is considered necessary.


“Don’t run with scissors!” is a common commandment from mothers. It makes me consider an alternative image, and to ask “Which is more dangerous?”

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