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mandatory

Definition of mandatory

Etymology

    < Late Latin mandatorius ("of or belonging to a mandator") < mandator ("one who commands"); see mandate.

Pronunciation

Adjective

mandatory (comparative more mandatory, superlative most mandatory)

  1. 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'.

  2. Of, or relating to a mandate.

Antonyms

  • (obligatory): optional

Derived terms

  • mandatoriness

Anagrams

  • Alphagram: aadmnorty
  • damnatory

References:

  1. Wiktionary. Published under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.



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