mandatory

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From Late Latin mandatorius (of or belonging to a mandator), from mandator (one who commands); see mandate.

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mandatory (comparative more mandatory, superlative most mandatory)

  1. Obligatory; required or commanded by authority.
    Attendance at a school is usually mandatory.
    • 1999, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen, Figments of Reality: The Evolution of the Curious Mind, page 276
      This kind of immediate control structure we take to be characteristic of the tribe, and it leads to a rather rigid type of system in which 'every action not mandatory is forbidden'.
  2. Of, being or relating to a mandate.
    Mandatory Palestine

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mandatory (plural mandatories)

  1. (dated, rare) A person, organisation or state who receives a mandate; a mandatary.

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