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
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.
One way to do that is to make the program compulsory.
The system, which is funded through tax and compulsory national insurance contributions, delivers free healthcare to anyone who needs it, across the UK.
The film's eponymous role is played by Gal Gadot, an Israeli who like most of her compatriots did two years of compulsory service in the Israel Defense Force.
Gymnastics | Poway Victories in the final two events helped propel the Titans senior to the section compulsory all-around title.
That particular model is compulsory, as the handle affixes only to existing holes on Cupertino’s little baby.
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Origin and Etymology of compulsory
First Known Use: 1581
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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