adjective \ə-ˈbli-gə-ˌtr-ē, ä- also ˈä-bli-gə-\

: required by a law or rule

: always or often included as a familiar and expected part of something

Full Definition of OBLIGATORY

:  binding in law or conscience
:  relating to or enforcing an obligation <a writ obligatory>
:  mandatory, required <obligatory military service>; also :  so commonplace as to be a convention, fashion, or cliché <the obligatory death scene in opera>
:  obligate 1
oblig·a·to·ri·ly \ə-ˌbli-gə-ˈtr-ə-lē, ä- also ˌä-bli-gə-\ adverb

Examples of OBLIGATORY

  1. The training is obligatory for all personnel.
  2. This action movie includes the obligatory chase scenes.

First Known Use of OBLIGATORY

15th century


adjective \ə-ˈblig-ə-ˌtōr-ē, ä-, -ˌtr- also ˈäb-li-gə-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of OBLIGATORY

oblig·a·to·ri·ly \ə-ˌblig-ə-ˈtōr-ə-lē, ä-, -ˈtr- also ˌäb-li-gə-\ adverb


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