compulsory

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

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

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 compulsory — [adj] binding compulsatory, de rigueur, forced, imperative, imperious, mandatory, necessary, obligatory, required, requisite; concept 546 Ant. free, liberalized, liberated, optional, unstipulated, voluntary …

    New thesaurus

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 compulsory — 1. adjective 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… …

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  • 13 compulsory — [[t]kəmpʌ̱lsəri[/t]] ADJ If something is compulsory, you must do it or accept it, because it is the law or because someone in a position of authority says you must. In East Germany learning Russian was compulsory... Many young men are trying to… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 compulsory — adjective something that is compulsory must be done because it is the law or because someone in authority orders you to; obligatory: In Britain, education is compulsory between the ages of 5 and 16. | compulsory lay offs compulsorily adverb… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 compulsory — adjective Date: 1581 1. mandatory, enforced < compulsory retirement > 2. coercive, compelling < compulsory measures > • compulsorily adverb …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 compulsory — compulsorily, adv. compulsoriness, n. /keuhm pul seuh ree/, adj., n., pl. compulsories. adj. 1. required; mandatory; obligatory: compulsory education. 2. using compulsion; compelling; constraining: compulsory measures to control rioting. n. 3.… …

    Universalium

  • 17 compulsory — com|pul|so|ry [ kəm pʌlsəri ] adjective ** something that is compulsory must be done because of a rule or law: A school outfit is no longer compulsory. ─ opposite OPTIONAL …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 compulsory */*/ — UK [kəmˈpʌlsərɪ] / US adjective something that is compulsory must be done because of a rule or law School uniform is no longer compulsory in many British schools. Derived word: compulsorily adverb …

    English dictionary

  • 19 compulsory*/ — [kəmˈpʌlsəri] adj something that is compulsory must be done or used because of a rule or law Ant: optional compulsory exams[/ex] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 20 compulsory — com•pul•so•ry [[t]kəmˈpʌl sə ri[/t]] adj. n. pl. ries 1) required; mandatory; obligatory: compulsory education[/ex] 2) using compulsion; compelling; constraining: compulsory measures to control rioting[/ex] 3) cvb something, as an athletic… …

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