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From Late Latin mandatorius (“of or belonging to a mandator”), from mandātor (“one who commands”); see mandate.
mandatory (comparative more mandatory, superlative most mandatory)
- Obligatory; required or commanded by authority.
- Synonyms: compulsory, obligatory; see also Thesaurus:compulsory
- Antonyms: optional, elective; see also Thesaurus:optional
- Attendance at a school is usually mandatory for children.
- 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'.
- 2011, Dirk Bünger, Deficits in EU and US Mandatory Environmental Information Disclosure: Legal, Comparative Legal and Economic Facets of Pollutant Release Inventories, Springer Science & Business Media, →ISBN, page 57:
- It also discusses the access to legal instruments for enforcement with regard to mandatory disclosure of environmental information.
- 2021 December 29, Paul Stephen, “Rail's accident investigators”, in RAIL, number 947, pages 30-31:
- While in the most serious cases mounting an investigation is usually mandatory, there are other occasions where it is less clear-cut or when it is concluded that an investigation would not fulfil RAIB's objectives to improve safety or prevent future accidents.
- Of, being or relating to a mandate.
obligatory — See also translations at obligatory, compulsory
mandatory (plural mandatories)
- (disc golf) A sign or line that require the path of the disc to be above, below or to one side of it.
- Synonym: (colloquial) mando
- (dated, rare) A person, organisation or state who receives a mandate; a mandatary.
- “mandatory”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “mandatory”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
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