Definition of mandatory in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmandəˌtôrē/


1Required by law or rules; compulsory: wearing helmets was made mandatory for cyclists
More example sentences
  • In some jurisdictions this is a mandatory sentence of death.
  • Murder entails a mandatory life sentence; manslaughter carries with it no minimum sentence.
  • The 1997 Act introduced mandatory minimum sentences for certain repeat offenders.
obligatory, compulsory, binding, required, requisite, necessary, essential, imperative
1.1Of or conveying a command: he did not want the guidelines to be mandatory

noun (plural mandatories)

variant spelling of mandatary.



Pronunciation: /-ˌtôrəlē/
Example sentences
  • For bolstering his ego and political luster he depended also on occasional mass rallies, for which tens of thousands of citizens were mandatorily mustered to express - or anyway, feign - adulation.
  • And lastly, we need to mandatorily register outgoing workers and provide them with incentives so that they will register as it has been done in Sri Lanka.
  • Residents will be mandatorily evacuated beginning tomorrow.


Late 15th century: from late Latin mandatorius, from Latin mandatum 'something commanded'.

Words that rhyme with mandatory


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Syllabification: man·da·to·ry

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