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I've been studying from this book the topic of "Synthesis and optimization of digital circuit". In chapter 3 some theory about programming languages is exposed. I was wondering what's the meaning of this paragraph about the meaning of "imperative semantic"

Languages with an imperative semantics are those where there is an underlying dependence between the assignments and the values that variables can take.

By surfing the web I've seen that basically these languages are "C/C++" like languages because how the program change its own state during his execution is specified by a sequence of statements in an explicit manner. However the topic of that book is basically how a circuit described using an HDL language is synthesized, and there's no "actual program there", and I can't relate how the "imperative semantic" concept provided is applied in such context. Is there a more rigorous definition of imperative semantic that applies to both context?

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