Examples of compulsory in a Sentence
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
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
He began to resent the compulsory attendance at the boring factory meetings. —James Reston, Jr., Time, 28 Nov. 1988
compulsory retirement at age 70
Recent Examples of compulsory from the Web
The campaign additionally benefited from the support of the press, local businesses and the compulsory vaccination of all school children, as ordered by the Cleveland Board of Education.
With a $25-million compulsory payment defined by the state, $16.2 million in normal annual costs and the $9.1-million boost, the city’s net pension cost in 2017-18 will be $40.3 million after deducting $10 million contributed by employees.
All Cuban males must complete compulsory military service.
WASHINGTON — The Army has begun compulsory transgender sensitivity training for soldiers and civilians as the Pentagon makes halting progress in its efforts establish policies to accept transgender troops.
Lauderdale, Florida, Barbara had the kind of relationship with her older brother, John, that transcended simple, compulsory familial ties.
The compulsory school age issue gained peak momentum when then-President Barack Obama in his 2012 State of the Union address urged states to raise the dropout age to 18.
But in practice, compulsory bail can be doubly problematic.
In 1994, the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue a Pennsylvania high school over its compulsory showers policy, echoing Joan Aveline Lawrence’s lawsuit a half-century earlier.
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COMPULSORY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of compulsory for English Language Learners
: required by a law or rule
: having the power of forcing someone to do something
COMPULSORY Defined for Kids
Definition of compulsory for Students
1 : required by or as if by law compulsory education
2 : having the power of forcing someone to do something a compulsory law
Legal Definition of compulsory
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 : using compulsion : compelling compulsory measures
compulsorily\-sə-rə-lē\ play adverb
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