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Borrowed from Late Latin compulsorius, from Latin compulsus. Displaced native Old English ġenīedelīċ.
compulsory (comparative more compulsory, superlative most compulsory)
- Required; obligatory; mandatory.
- The ten-dollar fee was compulsory.
- 1827, A. D. Jr., Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, A. and C. Black, page 212:
- They are entirely private concerns, established by individual teachers, and attendance upon them is no more compulsory than attendance on our dispensaries.
- 1996, Ugo Pagano, Democracy and Efficiency in the Economic Enterprise, page 73:
- Some might agree that membership in the firm is perhaps more compulsory than membership in a municipality, but balk at applying the analogy to the nation.
- 2013 July 19, Peter Wilby, “Finland spreads word on schools”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 30:
- Imagine a country where children do nothing but play until they start compulsory schooling at age seven. Then, without exception, they attend comprehensives until the age of 16. Charging school fees is illegal, and so is sorting pupils into ability groups by streaming or setting.
- 2020 December 2, Paul Bigland, “My weirdest and wackiest Rover yet”, in Rail, page 68:
- I haven't booked, so I don't have a clue as to whether the service will be busy or not. Supposedly, reservations are compulsory, but I want to find out what would happen if you just turn up.
- Having the power of compulsion; constraining.
- Such compulsory measures are limited.
- (required): optional
mandatory — See also translations at mandatory, obligatory
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compulsory (plural compulsories)
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