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compulsory

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adjective com·pul·so·ry \kəm-ˈpəls-rē, -ˈpəl-sə-\

Simple Definition of compulsory

  • : required by a law or rule

  • : having the power of forcing someone to do something

Full Definition of compulsory

  1. 1 :  mandatory, enforced <compulsory retirement>

  2. 2 :  coercive, compelling <compulsory measures>

com·pul·so·ri·ly play \-rə-lē\ adverb

Examples of compulsory

  1. To free the mind and the heart from compulsory religious confession and observance was good for all three interested parties: the state, the church and the people. —Jon Meacham, Newsweek, 27 Jan. 2009

  2. So he wants a private life and no photographs and nobody to know his home address. I can dig it, I can relate to that (but, like he should try it when it's compulsory instead of a free-choice option). —Salman Rushdie, New York Times Book Review, 14 Jan. 1990

  3. He began to resent the compulsory attendance at the boring factory meetings. —James Reston, Jr., Time, 28 Nov. 1988

  4. <compulsory retirement at age 70>



Origin of compulsory

(see compulsion)


First Known Use: 1581



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