Compulsory
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 their hopes, they soon made it compulsory. --Burke. [1913 Webster]


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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 — 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

  • compulsory — 01. Military service is [compulsory] for young men in Korea and lasts for a period of just over 2 years. 02. Education for young people is [compulsory] up to the age of 16. 03. French language study is [compulsory] for all children in grades… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • 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

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