What are the Latin root words for the English words "imperative" and "declarative"? What are their respective meanings?

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    Welcome! These sorts of questions can be pretty easily answered with online tools like etymonline.com – see, for example, their entry on imperative. Is that what you are looking for? Or is there something more specific about your question? Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 20:54

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Etymonline.com offers this for imperative:

from Late Latin imperativus "pertaining to a command," from imperat-, past participle stem of imperare "to command, requisition," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" + parare "prepare"

For declarative, it points to the entry on declare:

from Latin declarare "make clear, reveal, disclose, announce," from de- intensive prefix + clarare "clarify," from clarus "clear"

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