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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of compulsory

  1. 1 :  mandatory, enforced <compulsory retirement>

  2. 2 :  coercive, compelling <compulsory measures>

compulsorily

play \-rə-lē\ adverb

Examples of compulsory in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of compulsory

(see compulsion)


First Known Use: 1581


COMPULSORY Defined for Kids

compulsory

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

Definition of compulsory for Students

  1. 1 :  required by or as if by law <compulsory education>

  2. 2 :  having the power of forcing someone to do something <a compulsory law>




Law Dictionary

compulsory

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

Legal Definition of compulsory

  1. 1 :  required or compelled by law :  mandatory, obligatory <compulsory arbitration> <compulsory insurance>; specifically :  required to be brought or asserted in a pleading because of having arisen from the transaction or occurrence that is the subject of litigation <a compulsory counterclaim> <compulsory reconvention> — compare elective, permissive

  2. 2 :  using compulsion :  compelling <compulsory measures>

compulsorily

\-sə-rə-lē\ play adverb




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