- something, as an athletic feat, that must be performed or completed as part of a contest or competition: The ice skater received a higher score on the compulsories than on her freestyle performance.
Origin of compulsory
1, 2. voluntary.
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Examples from the Web for compulsorily
It was often compulsorily closed and the students dispersed.Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland
Daniel Turner Holmes
Domestic animals may be highly bred from outside, compulsorily.The Task of Social Hygiene
She might be compulsorily a Mahala, yet was still, at heart, a white woman.Buckskin Mose
Our bad habits were compulsorily in abeyance: the "good tables" were gone.The Siege of Kimberley
It was not difficult to recognize them for two of the compulsorily retired officers of the Old Guard.A Set of Six
- required by regulations or laws; obligatorycompulsory education
- involving or employing compulsion; compelling; necessary; essential
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Word Origin and History for compulsorily
1580s, from Medieval Latin compulsorius, from Latin compulsus, past participle of compellere (see compel).
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