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Borrowed from Latin obligatōrius.


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