noun, plural com·pul·so·ries.
Origin of compulsory
Examples from the Web for compulsory
They had three years together before Ziad left to do his compulsory military service, leaving on her birthday, April 4, 2001.
It is compulsory to note in every Kansas story that “the race may decide who controls the Senate.”A Loss by Pat Roberts in Kansas? Actually, Not So Bizarre|Jeff Greenfield|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Compulsory dues translate into many tens of millions of dollars in political contributions to Democrats.Why Progressives Shouldn’t Support Public Workers Unions|Dmitri Mehlhorn|July 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Education, while highly regarded here, is only compulsory through middle school.
Crop insurance does not cover losses of livestock, but it is compulsory for most farmers.Midwest Drought Forces South Dakota Farmers and Ranchers to Abandon Crops and Thin Herds|Barbie Latza Nadeau|August 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The sense of the word as implying a compulsory service is shown in the Vulgate of Matt.The English Village Community|Frederic Seebohm
First, that attendance was not compulsory; and next, that it was too advanced for the state of society in the island.At Last|Charles Kingsley
He concurred in the opinion of the Postmaster-General, and thought the principle of compulsory registration quite fair.Her Majesty's Mails|William Lewins
The fact of compulsory education created a proletariat able and willing to read.Charles Baudelaire, His Life|Thophile Gautier
For a time, there should be no compulsory teaching to read and write at all.Fantasia of the Unconscious|D. H. Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for compulsory
Word Origin and History for compulsory
1580s, from Medieval Latin compulsorius, from Latin compulsus, past participle of compellere (see compel).