- [[t]əblɪ̱gətri, AM -tɔːri[/t]]
1) ADJ If something is obligatory, you must do it because of a rule or a law.
Most women will be offered an ultrasound scan during pregnancy, although it's not obligatory...
These rates do not include the charge for obligatory medical consultations.Syn:Ant:2) ADJ: ADJ n If you describe something as obligatory, you mean that it is done from habit or custom rather than any sense of enthusiasm.
His lips curved up in the obligatory smile, acknowledging the compliment...
She was wearing the obligatory sweater and pearl necklace.Syn:
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obligatory — o‧blig‧a‧to‧ry [əˈblɪgətri ǁ tɔːri] adjective formal LAW something that is obligatory must be done because of a law, rule etc; = COMPULSORY; MANDATORY: • The Housing and Town Planning Act made it obligatory for local authorities to prepare… … Financial and business terms
obligatory — I adjective binding, coactive, coercive, commanded, compelling, compulsatory, compulsive, compulsory, constrained, dictated, enforced, essential, exigent, forced, forcible, imperative, importunate, imposed, incumbent on, indispensable,… … Law dictionary
Obligatory — Ob li*ga*to*ry, a. [L. obligatorius: cf. F. obligatoire.] Binding in law or conscience; imposing duty or obligation; requiring performance or forbearance of some act; often followed by on or upon; as, obedience is obligatory on a soldier. [1913… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
obligatory — (adj.) c.1400, from O.Fr. obligatoire and directly from L.L. obligatorius binding, from obligat , pp. stem of obligare (see OBLIGE (Cf. oblige)) … Etymology dictionary
obligatory — [adj] essential, required binding, coercive, compulsatory, compulsory, de rigueur, enforced, imperative, imperious, mandatory, necessary, requisite, unavoidable; concept 546 Ant. nonessential, optional, unrequired, voluntary … New thesaurus
obligatory — ► ADJECTIVE 1) required by a legal or other rule; compulsory. 2) (of a ruling) having binding force. DERIVATIVES obligatorily adverb … English terms dictionary
obligatory — [ə blig′ə tôr΄ē, äb′lə gətôr΄ē] adj. [LL obligatorius] 1. legally or morally binding; constituting, or having the nature of, an obligation; required 2. Biol. OBLIGATE obligatorily adv … English World dictionary
obligatory — adj. 1) obligatory for 2) (formal) obligatory on, upon (doing one s duty is obligatory on a soldier) * * * [əb lɪgət(ə)rɪ] upon (doing one s duty is obligatory on a soldier) (formal) obligatory on obligatory for … Combinatory dictionary
obligatory — ob|lig|a|to|ry [əˈblıgətəri US to:ri] adj 1.) formal something that is obligatory must be done because of a law, rule etc = ↑compulsory, mandatory ↑mandatory it is obligatory for sb (to do sth) ▪ It is obligatory for companies to provide details… … Dictionary of contemporary English
obligatory — /əˈblɪgətəri/ (say uh bliguhtuhree), / tri/ (say tree) adjective 1. required as a matter of obligation: a reply is expected but not obligatory. 2. imposing obligation, morally or legally; binding: an obligatory promise. –phrase 3. obligatory on… … Australian English dictionary