- authoritatively ordered; obligatory; compulsory: It is mandatory that all students take two years of math.
- pertaining to, of the nature of, or containing a command.
- Law. permitting no option; not to be disregarded or modified: a mandatory clause.
- having received a mandate, as a nation.
Origin of mandatory
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Examples from the Web for mandatories
They thus had a whole week in which to frame a mandate and select their mandatories.History of the Commune of 1871
He was compelled to admit the right of the British and French to take over the colonies as mandatories.Woodrow Wilson and the World War
The people always reserves the right to cooperate with its mandatories, which right it practices daily in the galleries.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 3 (of 6)
Hippolyte A. Taine
Faced by this ominous situation, the "mandatories" took military counter-measures.The New World of Islam
In particular, the mandatories agree to guarantee "equal opportunities for the trade and commerce of other members of the League."The Problem of Foreign Policy
- having the nature or powers of a mandate
- obligatory; compulsory
- (of a state) having received a mandate over some territory
- Also called: mandatary a person or state holding a mandate
Word Origin and History for mandatories
1570s, "of the nature of a mandate," from Late Latin mandatorius "pertaining to a mandator," from Latin mandatus, past participle of mandare (see mandate (n.)). Sense of "obligatory because commanded" is from 1818.