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Latin compulsāt- (perfect passive participial stem of the Latin compulsō) + English -ory


compulsatory (comparative more compulsatory, superlative most compulsatory)

  1. Enforced by or resulting from compulsion; employing force or constraint; compulsory.
    • c.1599-1601, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act 1, Scene 1,
      But to recover of us, by strong hand / And terms compulsatory, those foresaid lands / So by his father lost: ...
    • 1810, Louisa Sidney Stanhope, Di Montranzo:
      Shall I patiently await the return of the guard destined to seize Father Brazilio, destined to conduct him a prisoner to Rome, and likewise destined to obtain the packet once written by Father Luitfrido, and deposited by him in the hands of the Abbot of St. Romuald, and which the absolution of a compulsatory vow no longer rendered sacred?
    • 1951, UNESCO, Compulsatory education in Australia: a study by the Australian national co-operating body for education,