[ kuhm-puhl-suh-ree ]
/ kəmˈpʌl sə ri /
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.
gigilRead more in this article about some frequently asked questions and fun facts related to our definitions.
What Is A Bastille?Do you know what makes Bastille Day so important not just for France but the history of all democracies?
- comptroller of the currency,
- compulsive personality,
- compulsory purchase,
Origin of compulsory
ANTONYMS FOR compulsory
1, 2. voluntary.
com·pul·so·ri·ly, adverbcom·pul·so·ri·ness, nounnon·com·pul·so·ri·ly, adverbnon·com·pul·so·ri·ly·ness, noun
non·com·pul·so·ry, adjectivequa·si-com·pul·so·ri·ly, adverbqua·si-com·pul·so·ry, adjectiveun·com·pul·so·ry, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
/ (kəmˈpʌlsərɪ) /
required by regulations or laws; obligatorycompulsory education
involving or employing compulsion; compelling; necessary; essential
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
1580s, from Medieval Latin compulsorius, from Latin compulsus, past participle of compellere (see compel).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper