What does mandatory mean?

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ˈmæn dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr imanda·to·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mandatary, mandatorynoun

    the recipient of a mandate

  2. mandate, mandatoryadjective

    a territory surrendered by Turkey or Germany after World War I and put under the tutelage of some other European power until they are able to stand by themselves

  3. compulsory, mandatory, requiredadjective

    required by rule

    "in most schools physical education is compulsory"; "attendance is mandatory"; "required reading"


  1. Mandatoryadjective

    Obligatory; compulsory; required by authority.

    Etymology: [L. mandatorius.]

  2. Mandatoryadjective

    (Law) Not optional; not able to be modified or disregarded; as, seven mandatory clauses in the contract.

    Etymology: [L. mandatorius.]


  1. mandatorynoun

    A person, organisation or state who receives a mandate; a mandatary.

    Etymology: From mandatorius, from mandator; see mandate.

  2. mandatoryadjective

    Obligatory; required or commanded by authority.

    Attendance at a school is usually mandatory.

    Etymology: From mandatorius, from mandator; see mandate.

  3. mandatoryadjective

    Of, or relating to a mandate.

    Etymology: From mandatorius, from mandator; see mandate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mandatoryadjective

    containing a command; preceptive; directory

    Etymology: [L. mandatorius.]

  2. Mandatorynoun

    same as Mandatary

    Etymology: [L. mandatorius.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mandatory in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mandatory in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of mandatory in a Sentence

  1. Julie Stefanski:

    Gluten-free substitutes, if based on rice or tapioca, can be lower in fiber than their traditional counterparts and may not be fortified with B vitamins or iron, a mandatory addition to any processed wheat product in the Julie Stefanski.

  2. Marc Perrone:

    Keeping grocery stores safe for both customers and workers means everyone must wear masks, we are urging both elected leaders and grocery chains to make masks mandatory for both customers and workers.

  3. Kirk Cox:

    While the Governor can call a special session, he can not specify what the General Assembly chooses to consider or how we do our work, we intend to use that time to take productive steps to address gun violence by holding criminals accountable with tougher sentences — including mandatory minimums.

  4. Arif Faizal:

    There is no law compelling mandatory vaccines, and even on the global level, very few countries support such a move.

  5. Peter Bartos:

    It is mind-boggling that on average one U.S. pilot a month is caught trying to fly a passenger aircraft while over the legal limit for flying, which at 0.04 percent, is more restrictive than for driving a car in many states, especially given that they know they are subject to screening, it also means that others are n’t caught, since it is not a mandatory test for all pilots on every flight.

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