obligatory

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin obligare obligate, from ob- to + ligare to bind, from Proto-Indo-European *leig- to bind.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈblɪɡətɔɹi/, /ˈɑblɪɡətɔɹi/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈblɪɡət(ə)ri/

Adjective[edit]

obligatory (comparative more obligatory, superlative most obligatory)

  1. Imposing obligation, morally or legally; binding.
    an obligatory promise
    • Richard Baxter
      [] if he speak the words of an oath in a strange language, thinking they signify something else, or if he spake in his sleep, or deliration, or distraction, it is no oath, and so not obligatory.
  2. Requiring a matter or obligation.

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