[uh-blig-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, ob-li-guh-]
- required as a matter of obligation; mandatory: A reply is desirable but not obligatory.
- incumbent or compulsory (usually followed by on or upon): duties obligatory on all.
- imposing moral or legal obligation; binding: an obligatory promise.
- creating or recording an obligation, as a document.
Origin of obligatory
Synonyms for obligatory
Antonyms for obligatory
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- required to be done, obtained, possessed, etc
- of the nature of or constituting an obligation
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
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).
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