- 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 mandatory
Now Wisconsin is considering making it mandatory for parents who adopt overseas to have their children “re-adopted” in the state.Judge: Rehoming Kids Is Trafficking
December 30, 2014
For example, at age 10, he completed the local two-year mandatory preparatory program in just one year.Kotkin Biography Reveals Stalin's Evil Pragmatism
November 30, 2014
Thankfully, testing performers for STDs is mandatory—or so we thought.Risky Business or None of Your Business? Gay XXX Films and the Condom Question
November 1, 2014
But at the same time, markets involve people in new roles and relationships, which can feel just as mandatory and unequal.Why Your Waiter Hates You
October 26, 2014
Miliband agreed with Cameron that a “mandatory and comprehensive program of de-radicalization” was needed.David Cameron's Plan to Fight ISIS Will Likely Involve Racial Profiling
September 2, 2014
Pentecost was one of the great feasts in Israel, and was of mandatory observance.Jesus the Christ
James Edward Talmage
Rock's advice carried a mandatory note which was not lost upon his auditor.El Diablo
But among the Hebrews the requirement was mandatory and imperative.The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer's Standpoint, Vol. I (of II)
Walter M. Chandler
They asked that the mandatory should be England, but England had too much on her hands.The Problem of Foreign Policy
March echoed, as people are apt to do with a question that is mandatory and offensive.The March Family Trilogy, Complete
William Dean Howells
- 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 mandatory
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.