compulsory

[ kuhm-puhl-suh-ree ]
/ kəmˈpʌl sə ri /

adjective

required; mandatory; obligatory: compulsory education.
using compulsion; compelling; constraining: compulsory measures to control rioting.

noun, plural com·pul·so·ries.

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.

Nearby words

  1. comptroller of the currency,
  2. compulsion,
  3. compulsive,
  4. compulsive personality,
  5. compulsively,
  6. compulsory purchase,
  7. compunction,
  8. compunctious,
  9. compurgation,
  10. compurgator

Origin of compulsory

1510–20; < Medieval Latin compulsōrius, equivalent to Latin compul-, variant stem of compellere (see compel) + -sōrius, for -tōrius -tory1; cf. compulsive

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British Dictionary definitions for compulsory

compulsory

/ (kəmˈpʌlsərɪ) /

adjective

required by regulations or laws; obligatorycompulsory education
involving or employing compulsion; compelling; necessary; essential
Derived Formscompulsorily, adverbcompulsoriness, noun

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Word Origin and History for compulsory

compulsory

adj.

1580s, from Medieval Latin compulsorius, from Latin compulsus, past participle of compellere (see compel).

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