Definitions for optionalˈɒp ʃə nl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

op•tion•alˈɒp ʃə nl(adj.)

  1. left to one's choice; not required or mandatory:

    Formal dress is optional.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. optional(adj)

    possible but not necessary; left to personal choice

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. optional(adjective)ˈɒp ʃə nl

    ≠ obligatory, compulsory

    Attending the second meeting is optional.


  1. optional(Adjective)

    Not compulsory; left to personal choice; elective.

    On that beach clothing is entirely optional.

Translations for optional

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a matter of choice

Music is optional at our school; an optional subject.

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