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I'm looking for a title for a section of things I implore people to do. After choosing it, I found that Implorements is not a word. Is there a word that fits the definition "A list of acts I implore others to do"?

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  • You may not find a corresponding noun form for implore in contemporary English. (imploration(s) is "rare" --ODO oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/imploration ) The alternative would be to chose any suitable synonym of implore and use its noun form. – Kris Jan 12 '15 at 7:24
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    The things that you implore people to do are your 'pleas'. – A E Jan 12 '15 at 18:00
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    "Petitions", "entreaties", "requests". "Implorements" is a stretch at best and is apt to garner dumb looks from many who hear it. – Hot Licks Jan 12 '15 at 20:39
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I think any English speaker would instantly understand Implorements when followed by a list of imploratory statements to mean exactly what you want.

However, if you feel that implorements is just too rare to use there are some alternatives that are slightly more common.

Beseechings

beseeching, vbl. n.
1. Earnest entreaty, intercession, supplication.
2. An earnest request, entreaty, prayer.


Supplications

supplication, n. The action, or an act, of supplicating; humble or earnest petition or entreaty.


Quoted material from OED

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    I think any English speaker would instantly understand Implorements. They'd probably understand 'A good day have' too, but I think other standards of acceptability should be considered. Even the rare but acknowledged word 'implorations' sounds off here. – Edwin Ashworth Jan 12 '15 at 10:59
  • @EdwinAshworth Indeed, English speakers are exceptional at understand 'off' things, they might sound off - but you still know what it means in context, hence the provision for alternatives in answer. Implorement is attested but it's verb+, but there's nothing stopping it be employed nounally; I don't think it's being overused in it's verb role. – Frank Jan 12 '15 at 17:45
  • Accepting because of the point that the word would convey my meaning despite the word's rarity, and for offering some alternatives that work well for my needs. – Supuhstar Jan 12 '15 at 22:18
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I would suggest entreaties; that refers rather to your acts of imploring than to the acts you implore others to do, but then, if I were to encounter implorements I would take it to mean thus also. If you really want a word for the acts you implore others to do, the best I can do is agenda (and I am probably one of the few still using that word consistently as a plural).

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  • I should have specified this is, indeed, for a list of acts I implore others to do. – Supuhstar Jan 12 '15 at 4:16
  • entreaties certainly, but an agendum suggests far more compulsion than an entreaty or imploration. A single imploration (or plea, or entreaty) toward the entire agenda would though return things from being ordered to being implored. – Jon Hanna Jan 12 '15 at 4:49
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It doesn't quite have the urgent/emphatic tone you seem to be after, but I'd actually just use Requests as the heading. Unlike the other suggestions, it's a common word that doesn't sound awkward in the plural. If the requests themselves are phrased as "I implore you to...", that should get your point across sufficiently, without needing to resort to non-words in the heading.

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  • Thanks! As you mention, though, it doesn't carry the same weight. +1 for a common-language option! – Supuhstar Jan 12 '15 at 19:04
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imploration. It's not a commonly used word today. As a title it might work, especially if the writing is relatively formal, but it might be worth considering if synonyms like pleas work better.

Incidentally, it seems that Randle Cotgrave's A dictionarie of the French and English tongues of 1611 did indeed use implorement in his translation of requeste:


(source: pbm.com)

But it isn't attested otherwise, while imploration can be found both earlier and later.

The irony is that it would seem that Cotgrave created implore + ment rather than use imploration which comes from the French imploration, and would have been current in both English and French at the time he was writing this French–English dictionary.

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    How about "desiderata" ? this is a word that has been used for a list of things for other people to do, without sounding harsh or demanding. – Brian Hitchcock Jan 12 '15 at 8:22
  • @BrianHitchcock it could serve there. Stirctly a desideratum is a thing that is desired, and that desire need not be that things are done, but it could certainly serve. – Jon Hanna Jan 12 '15 at 9:53
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'Implorements' isn't a word, and as a neologism is an awkward construction.

When used with a 'possessive' adjective (his/her/their/your/my), imploring -or- implorings work well --

e.g.:

"My imploring went unheeded." "Her implorings were to no avail."

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I've been looking for something similar. I came across injunctions, but it has a bit of a legal tone to it.

The dictionary.com definition:

injunction [in-juhngk-shuh n]
noun
1. Law. a judicial process or order requiring the person or persons to whom it is directed to do a particular act or to refrain from doing a particular act.
2. an act or instance of enjoining.
3. a command; order; admonition:
the injunctions of the Lord.

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  • Please add a dictionary definition to support your answer and link to it. – CJ Dennis Feb 20 at 6:20

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