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)).

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  • obligatory — o‧blig‧a‧to‧ry [əˈblɪgətri 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] 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 — [[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… …   English 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… …  

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