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- Imposing obligation, legally, morally, or otherwise; binding; mandatory.
- an obligatory promise
- 1673, Richard Baxter, Christian Directory
- […] 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.
- 2000, Bill Oddie, Gripping Yarns, page 12:
- [I]t was something that every schoolboy of my generation almost `had' to do, as obligatory a proof of impending manliness as scrumping apples or pulling girls' pigtails.
- Requiring a matter or obligation.
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