compulsory

adjective com·pul·so·ry \ kəm-ˈpəls-rē , -ˈpəl-sə- \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of compulsory

1 : mandatory, enforced
  • compulsory retirement
2 : coercive, compelling
  • compulsory measures

compulsorily

play \kəm-ˈpəls-rə-lē, -ˈpəl-sə-\ 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 MeachamNewsweek27 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 RushdieNew York Times Book Review14 Jan. 1990
  3. He began to resent the compulsory attendance at the boring factory meetings. —James Reston, Jr.Time28 Nov. 1988
  4. compulsory retirement at age 70

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Origin and Etymology of compulsory


COMPULSORY Defined for English Language Learners

compulsory

adjective

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

compulsory

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

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

Law Dictionary

compulsory

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

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

play \-sə-rə-lē\ adverb


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