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mandatory (obligatory)

Definition:

required by rule

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

mandate

Derivative:

mandatorily

Comparative:

more mandatory

Superlative:

most mandatory

Similar to:

obligatory

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

attendance is mandatory

Synonyms:

compulsory | required | req. [abbreviation] | reqd. [abbreviation]

Etymology:

"of the nature of a mandate", from Late Latin mandatorius "pertaining to a...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of mandatory...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

compulsory | compulsative [obsolete, synonym] | compulsatory [obsolete, synonym] | obligatory [synonym, sense-specific] | compelling [synonym, sense-specific] | essential [synonym, sense-specific] | necessary [synonym, sense-specific] | compulsorily [adverb, derived]

required by regulations or laws; obligatory | involving or employing compulsion; compelling; necessary; essential (13 of 463 words, 2 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/compulsory

Merriam-Webster:

compulsory | coercive [synonym, sense-specific] | mandatory [synonym, sense-specific] | enforced [synonym, sense-specific] | compelling [synonym, sense-specific] | forced [synonym, sense-specific] | imperative [synonym, sense-specific] | incumbent [synonym, sense-specific] | involuntary [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

"mandatory", "enforced" | "coercive", "compelling" (4 of 187 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/compulsory

Oxford Dictionary:

compulsory | obligatory [synonym, sense-specific] | coercive [synonym, sense-specific] | compulsorily [derived] | compulsoriness [derived]

required by law or a rule; obligatory | involving or exercising compulsion; coercive (12 of 92 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/compulsory

Wiktionary:

compulsory | compulsories [plural] | mandatory [synonym, sense-specific] | optional [antonym, sense-specific] | Required [synonym, sense-specific] | constraining [synonym, sense-specific] | obligatory [synonym, sense-specific]

Required; obligatory; mandatory | Having the power of compulsion; constraining | Something that is compulsory or required. (15 of 61 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/compulsory

Random House Dictionary:

compulsory | compulsories [plural]

required; mandatory; obligatory. | using compulsion; compelling; constraining. | something, as an athletic feat, that must be performed or completed ... (18 of 59 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/compulsory

Macmillan British Dictionary:

compulsory | compulsorily [adverb, related]

something that is compulsory must be done because of a rule or law (13 of 48 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/compulsory

Cambridge Dictionary:

compulsory | compulsorily [adverb, derived]

If something is compulsory, you must do it because of a rule or law (14 of 47 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/compulsory

American Heritage Dictionary:

compulsory | compulsories [plural] | compulsorily [adverb, related] | compulsoriness [noun, related]

Obligatory; required | Employing or exerting compulsion; coercive. | [sports] An element, such as a dive or school figure, required of all competitors ... (21 of 42 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/compulsory

New World Dictionary:

compulsory | compulsorily [adverb, related] | compulsoriness [noun, related]

that must be done, undergone, etc.; obligatory; required | compelling; coercive (10 of 25 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/compulsory

Wikipedia:

Requirement

In product development and process optimization, a requirement is a singular documented physical and functional need that a particular product or process must be able to perform. It's most commonly used in a formal sense in systems engineering,... (38 of 2272 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Requirement

Britannica Encyclopedia:

mandate [League of Nations]

an authorization granted by the League of Nations to a member nation to govern a former German or Turkish colony. The territory was called a mandated ... (26 of 401 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/361608​/mandate

Encarta Dictionary:

compulsory | compulsories [plural]

required by law or an authority | caused by force, or using force to make somebody do something | an exercise or routine that participants in a sport ... (26 of 85 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861599232​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

mandatory

First use: 1570s

Origin: "of the nature of a mandate", from Late Latin mandatorius "pertaining to a mandator", from mandatus, past participle of mandare ... (21 of 32 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=mandatory

Wiktionary:

mandatory | mandatories [plural]

Origin: Late Latin mandatorius ("of or belonging to a mandator"), from mandator ("one who commands"); see mandate.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/mandatory

Oxford Dictionary:

mandatory | mandatories [plural]

First use: late 15th century

Origin: late Latin mandatorius, from Latin mandatum "something commanded"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/mandatory

New World Dictionary:

mandatory | mandatories [plural]

Origin: Late Latin mandatorius

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mandatory

Merriam-Webster:

mandatory [entry 1, noun]

First use: 1501

Origin: Middle French and Latin; Middle French mandat, from Latin mandatum, from neuter of mandatus, past participle of mandare to ... (20 of 31 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/mandatory

Audio references

Wiktionary:

mandatory | mandatories [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "mandatory"

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Collins Dictionary:

mandatory | mandatories [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "mandatory"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/mandatory

Macmillan British Dictionary:

mandatory

Audio: British English pronunciation of "mandatory"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/mandatory

Macmillan American Dictionary:

mandatory

Audio: North American pronunciation of "mandatory"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/mandatory

Cambridge Dictionary:

mandatory [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "mandatory"

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dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mandatory

the Free Dictionary:

mandatory

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "mandatory"

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www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/mandatory

Google Dictionary:

mandatory

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

mandatory

Audio: North American pronunciation of "mandatory"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=mandat​04 word=mandatory

YourDictionary Audio:

mandatory

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "mandatory" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

mandatory

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