Definition of mandatory
< Late Latin mandatorius ("of or belonging to a mandator") < mandator ("one who commands"); see mandate.
mandatory (comparative more mandatory, superlative most mandatory)
- obligatory; required or commanded by authority.
Attendance at a school is usually mandatory.
* 1999, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen, Figments of Reality: The Evolution of the Curious Mind, page 276
This kind of immediate control structure we take to be characteristic of the tribe, and it leads to a rather rigid type of system in which 'every action not mandatory is forbidden'.
- Of, or relating to a mandate.
- Alphagram: aadmnorty
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