In computer science, imperative programming is a programming paradigm of software that uses statements that change a program’s state. In much the same way that the imperative mood [Imperative mood] in natural languages expresses commands, an imperative program consists of commands for the computer to perform. Imperative programming focuses on describing how a program operates step by step, rather than on high-level descriptions of its expected results.

The term is often used in contrast to declarative programming [Declarative programming], which focuses on what the program should accomplish without specifying all the details of how the program should achieve the result.

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