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mandatory

adjective man·da·to·ry \ ˈman-də-ˌtȯr-ē \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of mandatory

1 : required by a law or rule : obligatory
  • the mandatory retirement age
2 : of, by, relating to, or holding a League of Nations mandate

mandatorily

play \-ˌtȯr-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of mandatory in a Sentence

  1. Parents object to the mandatory nature of the shots—and the fact that their child's access to education hinges on compliance with the immunization regulations. —Alice ParkTime2 June 2008
  2. In a move some are calling a "backdoor draft," the Pentagon has announced it will issue mandatory recalls to more than 5,600 Army troops for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. —Nathaniel FrankWashington Post12 July 2004
  3. At the same time, the 1987 repeal of the Fairness Doctrine, which ended mandatory balanced coverage of politics, gave birth to talk radio, and the television universe splintered between the old networks and the new culture of cable gladiators in which opinion was more entertaining than information and cheaper to produce as well. —Nancy GibbsTime27 Sept. 2004
  4. the tests are mandatory for all students wishing to graduate

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Did You Know?

Something mandatory is the result of a mandate or order, which usually comes in the form of a law, rule, or regulation. Today there seem to be a lot of these mandates, so mandatory seat belts, mandatory inspections for industries, and mandatory prison sentences for violent crimes are regularly in the news. But mandatory retirement at age 65, which used to be common, is now illegal in most cases.

Origin and Etymology of mandatory


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mandatory

noun man·da·to·ry \ ˈman-də-ˌtȯr-ē \

Definition of mandatory

plural mandatories
: one given a mandate; especially : a nation holding a mandate from the League of Nations

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Origin and Etymology of mandatory


MANDATORY Defined for English Language Learners

mandatory

adjective

Definition of mandatory for English Language Learners

  • : required by a law or rule


MANDATORY Defined for Kids

mandatory

adjective man·da·tory \ ˈman-də-ˌtȯr-ē \

Definition of mandatory for Students

: required by law or by a command
  • Student attendance is mandatory.

Word Root of mandatory

The Latin word mandāre, meaning “to commit” or “to order,” gives us the root mand. Words from the Latin mandāre have something to do with committing or ordering. When a task is mandatory, someone has ordered that it must be done. To command is to order someone to do something. A mandate is an order from an authority to follow specific instructions.


Law Dictionary

mandatory

adjective man·da·to·ry \ ˈman-də-ˌtȯr-ē \

legal Definition of mandatory

: containing or constituting a command : being obligatory

mandatorily

play \-ˌtȯr-i-lē\ adverb


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