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.
First Known Use of obligatory
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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