Definition of mandatory in English:

mandatory

Line breaks: man|da¦tory
Pronunciation: /ˈmandət(ə)ri
 
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adjective

Required by law or mandate; compulsory: wearing helmets was made mandatory for pedal cyclists
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  • 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.
Synonyms

noun (plural mandatories)

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variant spelling of mandatary.

Origin

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

Derivatives

mandatorily

adverb
More 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.

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