- 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.
Origin of compulsory
Antonyms for compulsory
1, 2. voluntary.
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- required by regulations or laws; obligatorycompulsory education
- involving or employing compulsion; compelling; necessary; essential
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1580s, from Medieval Latin compulsorius, from Latin compulsus, past participle of compellere (see compel).
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