Definition of obligatory
1 : binding in law or conscience The ordinance made it obligatory that homeowners clear the snow from the sidewalks.
2 : relating to or enforcing an obligation a writ obligatory
3 : mandatory, required obligatory military service; also : so commonplace as to be a convention, fashion, or cliché the obligatory death scene in opera The thriller included the obligatory chase scene.
4 : obligate 1 an obligatory biped
obligatorilyplay \ə-ˌbli-gə-ˈtȯr-ə-lē, ä- also ˌä-bli-gə-\ adverb
Examples of obligatory in a Sentence
The training is obligatory for all personnel.
This action movie includes the obligatory chase scenes.
Recent Examples of obligatory from the Web
The obligatory history paragraph: Strawberries have been considered a European delicacy for centuries, both for aesthetic and pragmatic reasons.
Some obligatory orientation: The Gaspe (gas-PAY) Peninsula is an extension of Quebec province roughly the size of Belgium that's bordered on the north by the St. Lawrence River and extends into the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
At midday join the throngs for an obligatory stop at Tunnel View.
The 2015 tournament also featured a visa snafu that meant a half-dozen players weren’t available for Cuba’s opening game against the United States, followed by the obligatory political defections.
Here’s the obligatory Cinebench R15 result, which puts the ROG GX501 Zephyrus in rather good company.
At this point, let’s throw in the obligatory resume stuff: Pacers president Kevin Pritchard has played in the NBA, coached in the NBA, run a front office in the NBA.
The obligatory internet column from Jackson pal and former assistant Charley Rosen surfaced Monday listing the pro’s and con’s of trading Porzingis with a long list of hit job criticisms - while claiming Phil knew all along.
Of course, there's San Antonio, which is given the obligatory fighting chance, but the team needs another megastar.
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OBLIGATORY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of obligatory for English Language Learners
: required by a law or rule
: always or often included as a familiar and expected part of something
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