obligatory


obligatory
[[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.

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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.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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