[ man-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈmæn dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /
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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.
noun, plural man·da·to·ries.
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Origin of mandatory
OTHER WORDS FROM mandatoryman·da·to·ri·ly, adverbnon·man·da·to·ry, adjective, noun, plural non·man·da·to·ries.un·man·da·to·ry, adjective
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How to use mandatory in a sentence
Garnier-Pages proposed to name by special elections mandatories charged to capitulate.History of the Commune of 1871|P. Lissagary
(b) By securing equal rights to our nationals in countries newly organized as mandatories.Conservation Through Engineering|Franklin K. Lane
I don't know that the designation of mandatories of Europe would mend the matter.Lord Lyons: A Record of British Diplomacy, Vol. 2 of 2|Thomas Wodehouse Legh Newton
Therefore let a National Representation, 'mandatories of the Sovereign,' take thought of it.The French Revolution|Thomas Carlyle
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|Gilbert Murray
British Dictionary definitions for mandatory
/ (ˈmændətərɪ, -trɪ) /
having the nature or powers of a mandate
(of a state) having received a mandate over some territory
noun plural -ries
Also called: mandatary a person or state holding a mandate
Derived forms of mandatorymandatorily, adverb
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