Origin of obligatory
Examples from the Web for obligatory
There was also the obligatory shopping spree at the F.A.O. Schwarz toy store across from Central Park.Exclusive: Michael Jackson Hit With New Sex Abuse Claim|Diane Dimond|May 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yes, they showed up, wore their “Team Mitch” shirts, and joined in the obligatory anti-Obama chants.McConnell's Fancy Farm Monster Comes Back to Haunt Him|Jonathan Miller|August 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I actually quit prefacing my Ralph Nader screeds with the obligatory he-gave-us-the-seatbelt boilerplate years ago.
Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg (Knopf) Obligatory ‘Power’ SubtitleWomen, Work, and the Will to Lead.Five Girl-Power Books Exactly Like Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’|Sean Macaulay|March 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And he took the obligatory shot at Obamacare as a law that “has no place in a free country.”Paul Ryan’s Wonky Assault on President Obama at the Republican Convention|Howard Kurtz|August 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
At four o'clock we left and drove about Schwerin, making the obligatory visits.The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912|Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
Disaffection was visible on all sides, and yet inaction, irritating inaction, was obligatory.South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)|Louis Creswicke
It is obligatory upon the adversary or umpire to call “time!”
Commands enjoining Covenanting must be obligatory on men, in an individual, or in a social capacity, or in both.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham
This is, in the exact sense of the words, a scène à faire--an obligatory scene.Play-Making|William Archer
British Dictionary definitions for obligatory
Word Origin and History for obligatory
c.1400, from Old French obligatoire "creating an obligation, obligatory," and directly from Late Latin obligatorius "binding," from obligat-, past participle stem of obligare (see oblige).