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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.

  2. Mandatoryadjective

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


  1. mandatorynoun

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

  2. mandatoryadjective

    Obligatory; required or commanded by authority.

    Attendance at a school is usually mandatory.

  3. mandatoryadjective

    Of, or relating to a mandate.

  4. Etymology: From mandatorius, from mandator; see mandate.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mandatoryadjective

    Preceptive; directory.

    Etymology: mandare, Latin.


  1. mandatory

    Mandatory refers to something that is required, obligatory, or compulsory. It indicates that there is a strict requirement or rule that must be followed or adhered to. Mandatory actions or provisions are typically implemented to ensure compliance, standardization, or the achievement of specific objectives. Non-compliance with mandatory requirements can result in penalties, consequences, or legal repercussions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mandatoryadjective

    containing a command; preceptive; directory

  2. Mandatorynoun

    same as Mandatary

  3. 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. Alex Pollock:

    Regardless of your views on LGBT people, LGBT people exist, it should be mandatory from a sensitivity perspective.

  2. Tom Dompier:

    My son is 6 and he played (flag) football last year and probably will this year. If he does play tackle football next year, it will be under two conditions. One is whether we can find equipment that fits and the second condition is that the league will have to go through Heads-Up Football, after going through these three years of study, I believe that coaching education should be mandatory.

  3. Scott Morrison:

    I would expect it to be as mandatory as you could possibly make it.

  4. Paul Betancourt:

    We are draining a finite supply of water, it was ugly last year, and it's going to get uglier this year California is increasing distribution from a separate state-operated system of reservoirs and canals with fewer mandatory obligations. The State Water Project announced last month that The State Water Project could provide local agencies and farmers 15 percent of the water they requested, up from 5 percent last year. Some communities and endangered wildlife that rely on federal water will receive some water but still suffer cuts. Urban areas, including the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento area, will receive a quarter of typical water allotments but could receive more if public health is threatened. The water in the snowpack, California's primary water source, is at a fifth of its normal level, according to state officials. Federal officials said they don't expect a snow survey next week to show improved conditions. With enough precipitation, The State Water Project can provide more water later in the year. Paul Wegner, president of the California Farm Bureau Federation, said the federal government's announcement is another sign California needs to speed up construction of water storage projects and to reform laws requiring the government to prioritize water to preserve the environment and fish species.

  5. Donald Tusk:

    We have no consensus on mandatory quotas for migrants, but ... that cannot be an excuse to do nothing, solidarity without sacrifice is pure hypocrisy.

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