obligatory

adjective oblig·a·to·ry \ ə-ˈbli-gə-ˌtȯr-ē , ä- also ˈä-bli-gə- \
Updated on: 16 May 2018

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

obligatorily

play \ə-ˌbli-gə-ˈtȯr-ə-lē, ä- also ˌä-bli-gə-\ adverb

Examples of obligatory in a Sentence

  1. The training is obligatory for all personnel.

  2. This action movie includes the obligatory chase scenes.

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First Known Use of obligatory

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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OBLIGATORY Defined for English Language Learners

obligatory

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


Medical Dictionary

obligatory

adjective oblig·a·to·ry \ ə-ˈblig-ə-ˌtōr-ē, ä-, -ˌtȯr- also ˈäb-li-gə- \

medical Definition of obligatory

: obligate 1

obligatorily

\ə-ˌblig-ə-ˈtōr-ə-lē, ä-, -ˈtȯr- also ˌäb-li-gə-\ adverb


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