mandatory

adjective
man·​da·​to·​ry | \ ˈman-də-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce mandatory (audio) \

Definition of mandatory

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

mandatory

noun
plural mandatories

Definition of mandatory (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from mandatory

Adjective

mandatorily \ ˈman-​də-​ˌtȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce mandatorily (audio) \ adverb

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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.

Examples of mandatory in a Sentence

Adjective 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 Park, Time, 2 June 2008 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 Frank, Washington Post, 12 July 2004 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 Gibbs, Time, 27 Sept. 2004 the tests are mandatory for all students wishing to graduate
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In other words, if a player tests positive, anyone who collided with him in practice is required to enter a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "The Big Ten is moving forward, but can't guarantee 2020 football season will be played," 5 Aug. 2020 The governor has ordered a mandatory 14-day quarantine for people traveling to New York from other states with high rates of infections. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "New York City reported zero COVID-19 deaths for three straight days," 5 Aug. 2020 The Big Ten players’ proposal calls for three tests per week in-season, banning the use of COVID-19 liability waivers and an automatic medical redshirt for any player who misses a competition because of a positive test or mandatory quarantine. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Big Ten football players express demands for the season via The Players’ Tribune, calling for increased COVID-19 tests and a ban on liability waivers," 5 Aug. 2020 The Mutitjulu community wants all the passengers to either be placed in mandatory quarantine or sent back home. Washington Post, "Live updates: Trump says coronavirus ‘under control as much as you can control it.’ His experts disagree.," 4 Aug. 2020 The mom of two, as well as her husband Keith Urban, and their daughters Sunday, 12, and Faith, 9, spent the mandatory two-week quarantine at their home in Australia's Southern Highlands. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Nicole Kidman Reunites with Her Mother Janelle for First Time in 8 Months amid Coronavirus Pandemic," 2 Aug. 2020 For now, travel to Zimbabwe is restricted, and all guests arriving to the nation are subject to a mandatory 21-day quarantine at a government facility, even those with a negative coronavirus test. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "This 'Star Bed' in Zimbabwe Is the Safari Experience of Your Dreams," 2 Aug. 2020 Crew members are currently exempt from a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "United and American Airlines cancel Hong Kong flights over crew Covid-19 tests," 9 July 2020 After a two-day mandatory quarantine, the team is scheduled to hold its first full-squad practice since March on Saturday. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Spurs’ Patty Mills pledges to play for social justice," 8 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Black Sheep, an upscale restaurant group in Hong Kong, has made temperature checks and surveys about medical history mandatory at its 23 restaurants. Javier C. Hernández, New York Times, "No Spitting, No Sunbathing: Cities Learn to Live With Coronavirus," 11 Apr. 2020 Black Sheep, an upscale restaurant group in Hong Kong, has made temperature checks and surveys about medical history mandatory at its 23 restaurants. Su-hyun Lee, BostonGlobe.com, "Across the globe, cities slowly emerging from quarantine face ‘new normal’," 2 May 2020 Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have all made face coverings in public mandatory. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Should you wear a mask? US health officials re-examine guidance amid coronavirus crisis," 31 Mar. 2020 Now, the push to make paid sick leave mandatory has become a focal point of the coronavirus pandemic response on Capitol Hill, Dustin Gardiner reports. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: ‘Drive-through’ coronavirus tests start — but more needed across state," 12 Mar. 2020 Making personal finance instruction mandatory helps to reach students at all socioeconomic levels, advocates say. Ann Carrns, New York Times, "More States Require Students to Learn About Money Matters," 7 Feb. 2020 With New Delhi weighing a law that would make local storage mandatory, mining tycoon Gautam Adani wants to invest $10 billion in server farms in just one state. Washington Post, "This Less-Known Singapore Property Play Pays 51%," 19 Sep. 2019 One that avoids making certain information mandatory may be easy to speak, but leaves the listener to fill in the gaps. The Economist, "Which is the best language?," 19 Sep. 2019 This system took millions of dollars to develop and is often pointed to as a working example of upload filters by rights holders and lawmakers who wish to make such technology mandatory for every website which hosts user content online. Ulrich Kaiser, Ars Technica, "Google: Sorry professor, old Beethoven recordings on YouTube are copyrighted," 3 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of mandatory

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1661, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mandatory

Adjective

see mandate entry 1

Noun

see mandate entry 1

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The first known use of mandatory was in the 15th century

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8 Aug 2020

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“Mandatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mandatory. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for mandatory

mandatory

adjective
How to pronounce mandatory (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mandatory

: required by a law or rule

mandatory

adjective
man·​da·​tory | \ ˈman-də-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce mandatory (audio) \

Kids Definition of mandatory

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

mandatory

adjective
man·​da·​to·​ry | \ ˈman-də-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce mandatory (audio) \

Legal Definition of mandatory

: containing or constituting a command : being obligatory

Other Words from mandatory

mandatorily \ -​ˌtȯr-​i-​lē How to pronounce mandatorily (audio) \ adverb

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