noun, plural man·da·to·ries.
Origin of mandatory
Examples from the Web for mandatory
Now Wisconsin is considering making it mandatory for parents who adopt overseas to have their children “re-adopted” in the state.
For example, at age 10, he completed the local two-year mandatory preparatory program in just one year.
Thankfully, testing performers for STDs is mandatory—or so we thought.Risky Business or None of Your Business? Gay XXX Films and the Condom Question|Aurora Snow|November 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But at the same time, markets involve people in new roles and relationships, which can feel just as mandatory and unequal.
Miliband agreed with Cameron that a “mandatory and comprehensive program of de-radicalization” was needed.David Cameron's Plan to Fight ISIS Will Likely Involve Racial Profiling|Clive Irving|September 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A great nation should be made the mandatory over an inferior people.Public Speaking|Clarence Stratton
If he desired to win her favour, he must regard her wish as mandatory.The Mayor of Warwick|Herbert M. Hopkins
The wishes of these communities must be a principal consideration in the selection of the mandatory power.World's War Events, Volume III|Various
Not that the girls were here to bother Sammy Pinkney now; but he felt the oppressive effect of Dot's mandatory decree.The Corner House Girls Growing Up|Grace Brooks Hill
No matter what measure he advocated, his opinion was neither final nor mandatory.Paul and the Printing Press|Sara Ware Bassett
British Dictionary definitions for mandatory
noun plural -ries
Word Origin and History for mandatory
1570s, "of the nature of a mandate," from Late Latin mandatorius "pertaining to a mandator," from Latin mandatus, past participle of mandare (see mandate (n.)). Sense of "obligatory because commanded" is from 1818.