mandatory

[ man-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈmæn dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /

adjective

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

From the Late Latin word mandātōrius, dating back to 1655–65. See mandate, -tory1

OTHER WORDS FROM mandatory

man·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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British Dictionary definitions for mandatory

mandatory
/ (ˈmændətərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective

having the nature or powers of a mandate
obligatory; compulsory
(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 mandatory

mandatorily, adverb
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