compulsory


compulsory
a) Required; obligatory; mandatory

The ten-dollar fee was compulsory.

b) Having the power of compulsion; constraining

They are entirely private concerns, established by individual teachers, and attendance upon them is no more compulsory than attendance on our dispensaries.

2. noun
Something that is compulsory or required.

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  • compulsory — com·pul·so·ry /kəm pəl sə rē/ adj 1: required or compelled by law: mandatory obligatory compulsory arbitration compulsory insurance; specif: required to be brought or asserted in a pleading because of having arisen from the …   Law dictionary

  • compulsory — com‧pul‧so‧ry [kəmˈpʌlsri] adjective something that is compulsory must be done according to a law or rule: • The company has introduced compulsory overtime for all its workers. * * * compulsory UK US /kəmˈpʌlsəri/ adjective ► if something is… …   Financial and business terms

  • Compulsory — Com*pul so*ry, a. [LL. compulsorius.] 1. Having the power of compulsion; constraining. [1913 Webster] 2. Obligatory; enjoined by authority; necessary; due to compulsion. [1913 Webster] This contribution threatening to fall infinitely short of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compulsory — 1580s, from M.L. compulsorius, from L. compulsus, pp. of compellere (see COMPEL (Cf. compel)) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • compulsory — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ required by law or a rule; obligatory. DERIVATIVES compulsorily adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • compulsory — [kəm pul′sə rē] adj. [ML compulsorius < LL compulsor, one who compels] 1. that must be done, undergone, etc.; obligatory; required 2. compelling; coercive compulsorily adv. compulsoriness n …   English World dictionary

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  • compulsory — In ecclesiastical procedure, a compulsory is a kind of writ to compel the attendance of a witness, to undergo examination compulsory, adj Involuntary; forced; coerced by legal process or by force of statute @ compulsory attendance Refers to legal …   Black's law dictionary

  • compulsory — In ecclesiastical procedure, a compulsory is a kind of writ to compel the attendance of a witness, to undergo examination compulsory, adj Involuntary; forced; coerced by legal process or by force of statute @ compulsory attendance Refers to legal …   Black's law dictionary

  • compulsory — com|pul|so|ry [kəmˈpʌlsəri] adj something that is compulsory must be done because it is the law or because someone in authority orders you to = ↑mandatory →↑voluntary ▪ the threat of compulsory redundancies compulsory schooling/education ▪ 11… …   Dictionary of contemporary English