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Definition of "mandatory" []

  • Required or commanded by authority; obligatory: Attendance at the meeting is mandatory. (adjective)
  • Of, having the nature of, or containing a mandate. (adjective)
  • Holding a League of Nations mandate over a territory. (adjective)
  • A mandatary. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "mandatory" in a sentence
  • "That said, what is it going to take to put teeth in the term mandatory evacuation?"
  • "But by using the term mandatory, we hope that that puts enough seriousness behind the order for people to leave."
  • "On the last Tuesday of each month, she and her three horns and five rhythm put on an unstoppable juggernaut of a set at the Iridium, with one hard-hitting swinger after another, pausing only for what she describes as a mandatory "two-ballad minimum.""