obligatory

  • 1 obligatory — o‧blig‧a‧to‧ry [əˈblɪgətri ǁ tɔːri] adjective formal LAW something that is obligatory must be done because of a law, rule etc; = COMPULSORY; MANDATORY: • The Housing and Town Planning Act made it obligatory for local authorities to prepare… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 obligatory — I adjective binding, coactive, coercive, commanded, compelling, compulsatory, compulsive, compulsory, constrained, dictated, enforced, essential, exigent, forced, forcible, imperative, importunate, imposed, incumbent on, indispensable,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 Obligatory — Ob li*ga*to*ry, a. [L. obligatorius: cf. F. obligatoire.] Binding in law or conscience; imposing duty or obligation; requiring performance or forbearance of some act; often followed by on or upon; as, obedience is obligatory on a soldier. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 obligatory — (adj.) c.1400, from O.Fr. obligatoire and directly from L.L. obligatorius binding, from obligat , pp. stem of obligare (see OBLIGE (Cf. oblige)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 obligatory — [adj] essential, required binding, coercive, compulsatory, compulsory, de rigueur, enforced, imperative, imperious, mandatory, necessary, requisite, unavoidable; concept 546 Ant. nonessential, optional, unrequired, voluntary …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 obligatory — ► ADJECTIVE 1) required by a legal or other rule; compulsory. 2) (of a ruling) having binding force. DERIVATIVES obligatorily adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 obligatory — [ə blig′ə tôr΄ē, äb′lə gətôr΄ē] adj. [LL obligatorius] 1. legally or morally binding; constituting, or having the nature of, an obligation; required 2. Biol. OBLIGATE obligatorily adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 obligatory — adj. 1) obligatory for 2) (formal) obligatory on, upon (doing one s duty is obligatory on a soldier) * * * [əb lɪgət(ə)rɪ] upon (doing one s duty is obligatory on a soldier) (formal) obligatory on obligatory for …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 9 obligatory — [[t]əblɪ̱gətri, AM tɔːri[/t]] 1) ADJ If something is obligatory, you must do it because of a rule or a law. Most women will be offered an ultrasound scan during pregnancy, although it s not obligatory... These rates do not include the charge for… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 obligatory — ob|lig|a|to|ry [əˈblıgətəri US to:ri] adj 1.) formal something that is obligatory must be done because of a law, rule etc = ↑compulsory, mandatory ↑mandatory it is obligatory for sb (to do sth) ▪ It is obligatory for companies to provide details… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 obligatory — /əˈblɪgətəri/ (say uh bliguhtuhree), / tri/ (say tree) adjective 1. required as a matter of obligation: a reply is expected but not obligatory. 2. imposing obligation, morally or legally; binding: an obligatory promise. –phrase 3. obligatory on… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 12 obligatory — adjective Date: 15th century 1. binding in law or conscience 2. relating to or enforcing an obligation < a writ obligatory > 3. mandatory, required < obligatory military service >; also so commonplace as to be a convention, fashion, or cliché <… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 obligatory — obligatorily /euh blig euh tawr euh lee, tohr , ob li geuh , euh blig euh tawr euh lee, tohr , ob li geuh /, adv. obligatoriness, n. /euh blig euh tawr ee, tohr ee, ob li geuh /, adj. 1. required as a matter of obligation; mandatory: A reply is… …

    Universalium

  • 14 obligatory — adj. VERBS ▪ be ▪ become ▪ remain ▪ make sth ▪ The college authorities have now made these classes obligatory. ADVER …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 obligatory — o|blig|a|to|ry [ ə blıgə,tɔri ] adjective 1. ) FORMAL something that is obligatory must be done in order to obey a law or rule: COMPULSORY, MANDATORY: It is obligatory for members to be insured. 2. ) OFTEN HUMOROUS used for describing something… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 obligatory — adjective 1 formal something that is obligatory must be done because of a law, a rule etc; compulsory, mandatory: Attendance is obligatory. 2 often humorous used to describe something that is usually done, worn, or included because many people… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 obligatory — UK [əˈblɪɡət(ə)rɪ] / US [əˈblɪɡəˌtɔrɪ] adjective 1) formal something that is obligatory must be done in order to obey a law or rule It is obligatory for members to be insured. 2) often humorous used for describing something that happens or is… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 obligatory — limited to; dependent on, e.g. Notropis hudsonius is an obligatory freshwater fish, not being capable of entering the sea. Opposite of facultative …

    Dictionary of ichthyology

  • 19 obligatory — adjective a) Imposing obligation, morally or legally; binding: an obligatory promise. b) Requiring a matter or obligation. Ant: optional See Also: obligate, obligated …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 obligatory —    appointed other than on merit    Describing membership of committees, boards, etc. where it may be thought expedient or politically necessary to have other than those chosen from a male dominant group:     ... she s my recommendation... for… …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms